Call for Entries: Intern/Young Architect Design Competition


AIA New Hampshire & the Young Architects Forum (NHYAF) announce the 2013 design competition open to all architectural interns and architects within five years of registration throughout New England. The winning entry will be announced at the AIANH Awards Banquet in January 2013 at the Bedford Village Inn. All entries will be on a display at the banquet. A presentation will be made in the winter of 2013 for the building committee’s review.

This competition was created in 2003 by the NH Young Architects Forum, an AIANH committee focused on issues pertaining to young professionals. The competition provides an opportunity for interns and young architects to strengthen their design skills, gain recognition, and assist a community with its design challenges.


Painting of Whitcomb Hall
Whitcomb Hall, Painting by John Tranor

This year the competition will be based on a real-life scenario, a building located in The Village of West Swanzey, NH, named Whitcomb Hall. The building has a prominent location in the village and has historically provided a strong role as a gathering place in the community. It has been vacant since 1988. At a recent Plan NH Charrette, the town of West Swanzey determined that it would like to renovate the Whitcomb Hall building into a premier, for-profit event facility that serves the southwest region of the State. The facility should be capable of hosting events from 10-250 people with a plan that allows for flexible use and multipe configurations of the space.

Competition Details:

Program: Design Program


Registration: Please register by November 20 (late registrations will be accepted) by emailing Liz Olver,, with your name and indicating your intent to submit a design board, your email address, company you work for, and a phone number.

Submission deadline: Entries are due at the AIANH office, 310 Marlboro St.  2nd floor, Keene, NH 03431, by noon December 31.

Jury: Jury proceedings will be administered by AIANH Board of Directors. 

Awards Distribution: Winners will be announced and presented at  the AIANH Awards Banquet, January 11, 2013 at the Bedford Village Inn, Bedford, NH. Winners will receive complementary admission.

Fee: none

Eligibility: The competition is open to architectural interns and architects within five years of registration throughout New England.

Awards:  1st place receives $1000, 2nd place receives $500, and 3rd place receives $300.

Site visit:  A site visit is being planned for Dec. 1 or 2. Please contact us for more information.

Resources:  See the photo gallery below for site photos.
Also, download these documents: NHDHR Inventory  /  Swanzey reports, Whitcomb Hall  / 
Whitcomb Hall First Floor Plan (REVISED)Second Floor Plan  / CAD Drawings (ACR2011)  / Cad Drawings (ACR2004)
Elevations / CAD Site Plan (ARC2004)  /  Site Plan PDF  /  Parking information

Note: This is an historic building and AIANH encourages design solutions that incorparate the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. There are some cases when an historic building is required to comply with these, most often to do with funding, such as LCHIP or the NH Conservation Program. It is not required to follow the standards for this competition, but here is information should you wish to investigate. There are also Preservation Briefs on many topics, available here.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions must be mounted on one vertically oriented 24” x 36” foam core board with no objects protruding. 

Site plan with the building.

Floor plan(s), Elevation(s), Section(s) to scale. The specific detail of these can be schematic in nature (combining of like spaces, schematic plan format) – enough for jury to understand progression to to and through building.

Narrative of the design concepts and considerations.

Attach a sealed envelope to the back of the board containing your name, address and phone number. Include a small piece of foam core with your name on it. Once the jury has selected winning entries all foam core name cards will be attached to front of the design board. Design a location for the insertion /attachment of your name within the layout of the board.

Please include a CD containing a pdf of your design board OR email your pdf to the AIANH office, Receipt will be acknowledged.

Send or deliver completed board(s) by December 31, noon, to the AIANH office, 310 Marlboro Street, 2nd floor, Keene, NH 03431 or to TMS Architects, One Cate St., Portsmouth, NH. Submissions will not be returned unless you make arrangements to retrieve them after the Awards Banquet to show at the town presentation.

Any additional information, drawings or writing is permitted on the board.  Any media, drafting technique, letter type and size, type of paper, etc is also permitted.

Questions: Submit questions to Paul Bourbeau AIA, AIANH Board Director, Reponses to questions are here

Photo Gallery:

Swanzey has provided a photo album that includes some second story photos.
Also see the photos below. Click on a thumbnail to enlarge. If you require high resolution photos, please contact the AIANH office.