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How to Enter

Competitors are encouraged to be creative in the model-making process. 

UPDATED DEADLINE: June 22, 2021, 5:00 pm EDT (Entries are now closed)

Questions to Consider: 

  • How does your project present a futuristic interpretation of indigenous architecture?
  • Why/how do your materials relate to your vision for the project?
  • What structures are needed to support a futuristic lifestyle?
  • How will our future natural environment be impacted by our built environment?


The majority of the materials used in the construction of your main structure must be natural materials. 

Suggested materials include:

  • Natural materials: Pine needles, birch bark, leaves, pinecones, grass, seeds, twigs, branches, sand, mud, flowers
  • Man-made materials: plastic, filament, chipboard, balsa wood, found objects 

Two Suggested Types of Construction 

  • Hand crafted models with no mechanically produced components 
  • Mechanically aided construction: 3D printing, laser cut components, or other machine design systems 

Please note that all models should be constructed by hand!


Models can be constructed at any scale or size.


To be eligible for the competition, a complete entry form must be received through the online portal no later than 5:00 pm EDT on June 16, 2021.

The registered competitor will receive all correspondence, notifications, and updates regarding the competition. If the individual entering is under 18 years of age by the date of the competition, consent from a parent or legal guardian is required, in addition to disclosing the minor’s date of birth. Family teams are encouraged. 

If entering as a team, please submit only one entry form, which should include contact information for all team members. A team representative must be chosen, who will be responsible for the distribution of the prize if the team’s submission wins. 

Each participant may only submit one entry.

Entries must include:

  • List of materials used
  • 100-word summary explaining process, vision, materials, and/or techniques, along with backstories or themes for the design process. How does your structure relate to the prompt?  
  • Photos, digital photographs, jpg, png, or pdf are preferred

Judging Criteria

All entries will be judged on four criteria:

  • Craftsmanship
  • Creative use and application of materials
  • Detail
  • Overall appearance

Winners Selection and Announcement

Winners will be selected in the following categories:

  • Lower/Middle School
  • Family
  • High School
  • College
  • Professional

Winners will be announced and featured permanently on the Indigenous Scholars of Architecture, Planning, and Design (ISAPD) digital exhibition page.

If you have any questions, please email


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