The Centennial Design Competition is focused on the qualities that make successful residential design - including style, comfort, function, appropriateness to setting, and beauty. Participants are asked to provide an all-encompassing design for the interior and exterior spaces of the project site, including, but not limited to, finishes, furniture, artwork, lighting, and window treatments.


The three winners will be awarded a total of up to $35,000 for use toward educational purposes. Prizes will be presented and winners will be recognized at a celebratory award event April 24th.

All participants and their guests, along with school representatives and Decorators Club members will be invited to an awards presentation during which all competition entries will be on view and winners will be announced. Tickets to this event are free of charge. The New York Design Center at 200 Lexington is generously hosting the event again this year.

Competition Schedule

  • December 18, 2018 Registration opens

  • March 11, 2019 Registration closes

  • April 8, 2019 Submission deadline

  • Awards Ceremony April 24, 2019


The competition is open to all students enrolled in full- or part-time Bachelors of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degree programs during the spring academic semester of 2019 who have at least one semester remaining after the current one. Graduate students are eligible as long as they have one semester remaining after the current semester. Students must be enrolled in one of the New York City area design schools listed below, and may be in any class year from sophomore to first semester senior. Seniors in their final semester are not eligible. Each participant may submit only one entry.

New York School of Interior Design

Parsons The New School

Pratt Institute

School of Visual Arts

New York Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology

Submission Requirements


Presentation must include:

  • A written statement of no more than 500 words describing design solution, including concepts for choosing furnishings and artwork, and how visits to museums, showrooms, and/or auction houses influenced design scheme

  • Floor Plan/Furniture Plan showing entire apartment

  • Reflected Ceiling Plan/Lighting Plan to show proposed lighting throughout apartment

  • Elevations of principal rooms as required to show design intent

  • Scheme boards including images of proposed finishes, furnishings, lighting, textiles, and artworks

  • At least one three-dimensional representation of a principal room

  • Sketches and other material showing development of concept. Hand sketches and drawings are especially encouraged

Presentations will be submitted digitally, and are to comprise a maximum of four 30” x 40” presentation boards in landscape format, plus a single page written statement described above. The written statement should be the first image of the presentation, followed by the four boards.

Each presentation is to be submitted as a single digital PDF file, with a total file size not exceeding 15MB. The written statement as well as each board must be labeled with the ID code issued to the participant upon registration. The ID code must be the only visible identifying information on the submission. Presence of other identifying information will result in disqualification.

Instructions for submitting projects will be provided to each participant upon registration. Upon completion of the competition, project images will be transferred to this website, where they will be accessible for public viewing.

Since judges will be reviewing projects without the benefit of in-person presentations, participants are encouraged to make submissions as self-explanatory as possible. All boards, drawings, and other images should be clearly titled and labeled. Written descriptions should be thorough, and all graphics should be clearly legible on presentation boards.

Please note that representation technique is completely free, and may include two and three-dimensional drawings, pictures of models, sketches, renderings, etc. The jury will evaluate presentations not only on the quality of the project, but also the clarity and quality of the presentation.

Please note:  All entrants must be present at the Awards Ceremony.

Participation Requirements


Between the registration opening date of December 18, 2018 and the submission deadline of April 8, 2019, participants must agree to visit a minimum of two of the New York City museums and trade resources listed below:

Judging Criteria

The prize will be awarded based on overall excellence of design scheme. The jury will take into consideration the creativity of the proposed scheme, attention to the functional requirements of the program, and the response to the site and the architectural setting.

Judges will pay special attention to the qualities that make for successful residential design: natural and artificial lighting; comfort of spaces and furnishings; customization of the design scheme to the clients’ personal interests, tastes and collections; and the use of furnishings, materials and finishes to enhance the design concepts for the scheme.

Participants will also be judged on the quality of their presentations, which should clearly and logically convey the design solution, including both the general concept and specific details.

For more details, please visit the Competition Brief