Transformation 2030: A global student design challenge incorporating the 2030 Palette 

Register by February 1st, and use the 2030 Palette and Autodesk tools to design a project for an urban infill site in New York and win an internship and cash prizes

Transformation 2030 is a global design competition that challenges architecture and engineering students to design a high-performance building that has a positive impact on a real community in New York City.

Presented by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Autodesk, in partnership with Architecture 2030, Majora Carter Group, and Perkins Eastman, the Transformation 2030 competition asks students to design a mixed use development with live/work space and community services on the site of the notorious former Spofford Juvenile Center in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the South Bronx, New York City.

The grand prize is a five- to eight-week paid internship at Perkins Eastman (for an individual) or a $7500 cash award (if a team wins). Second prize is $5000, and third prize $3000.

2030 Founder and CEO Ed Mazria is on the jury that will decide the awards, along with John Kennedy from Autodesk, Amy Patel from HOK, Scott Schiamberg from Perkins Eastman and Julian Wolf from Studio Gang Architects.

Designing for Sustainability and Efficiency

A major focus of this competition is building performance analysis, giving entrants a chance to deepen their sustainable design skills.

Entrants will be required to use sustainable design strategies from the 2030 Palette and complete the Autodesk Building Program Analysis (BPA) Certificate to help them design high performance buildings that respond effectively to the conditions of the site and the needs of Hunts Point.

The 2030 Palette is Architecture 2030’s free online platform that puts the principles and actions behind low-carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of architects, planners and designers worldwide. The Autodesk Building Performance Analysis Certificate is a free online course for architecture and engineering students that teaches building science fundamentals and software tools for designing high-performance buildings.

Urban Revitalization

As well as designing for energy efficiency, successful projects will focus on the social and cultural context of the site. The competition brief has been prepared in collaboration of Majora Carter Group, a consulting firm with a commitment to urban revitalization, and a priority for the area is economic development that will help build and keep wealth in the neighborhood.

The goal is to make this development a destination that the neighborhood’s residents can be proud of.

Key Dates

  • Feb 1, 2014 – entrants must register for the competition by this date (there are no other pre-requisites) – you can register here
  • April 20th, 2014 – deadline for submissions (entrants must also have completed the Autodesk BPA by this date)

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