High School Design Competition

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The AIANH High School Design Competition consists of designing a specific project, which changes every year. The program requires students to work on a theoretical project throughout the school year under the guidance of their instructors. AIANH volunteer architects visit the schools when possible to give critiques before the submissions are due. The program involves a design solution, a three-dimensional model, and a graphic plan of the project. Students have designed a Sustainable Youth Education Pavilion for a fictitious America’s Cup in Portsmouth, NH; a Sustainable Living and Innovation Center; a Performing Arts Center; a Social and Media Center; a Youth Enrichment Center dedicated to the development of alternative studies for high school students; and most recently, a Submarine History Center at Albacore Park in Portsmouth, and a Welcome Center at Mondnock State Park.

Objectives of the High School Design Competition program are to increase awareness of the relationships between space, human scale and function; gain experience in recognizing the various challenges in planning and designing indoor and outdoor spaces for specific uses; exercise analytical abilities and creativity in solving the problems; and gain experience in communicating planning and design ideas using scale drawings and models.

The competition gives students a fun opportunity to develop these skills and to learn about the various aspects of planning and design.

All New Hampshire high school students are encouraged to participate. Students can work individually or in teams of up to three students. Top winners receive cash awards to help with their college education.

2017 Competition

The 2017 AIANH High School Design Competition will be to design a facility (Sustainable Living and Innovation Center) that will serve to educate, promote and test innovations in sustainable living and new green technologies. This building will not only showcase current green living trends and products but will introduce what is to come. This highly adaptable building aims to look at the future and inspire the public’s imagination on how we live and interact with the environment. This forward thinking program demands a design that evokes excitement and a sense of exploration.

A joint AIA New Hampshire - Keene State Architecture Department event  held in the spring of 2017 featured an exhibit of submissions and annoucement of awards.

Competition Guidelines and Registration

Competition Materials:


Results from Prior Years:

2017 AIANH High School Design Competition Results

2016 AIANH High School Design Competition Results

2014-2015 AIANH HIgh School Design Competition Results

2013-2014 AIANH High School Design Competition Results

2012-2013 AIANH High School Design Competition Results

2011-2012 AIANH High School Design Competition Results

2010-2011 AIANH High School Design Competition Results /
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2009-2010 AIANH High School Design Competition Results

2008-2009 AIANH High School Design Competition Results