The purpose of this portfolio competition is to celebrate the outstanding creative work of architecture students at Washington State University. A panel of faculty members and practitioners will evaluate portfolios and recognize students with awards based on criteria outlined below.


Eligibility is limited to students scheduled to complete the B.S. Arch Studies and M.Arch degrees during the 2021 calendar year. Projects must have been completed while enrolled in an academic institution. Competition projects are accepted as well.

Submission Requirements

  • There is no fee required to participate.
  • Portfolios must be a maximum of 25 MB, PDF format, and be of good legible quality. Page limit is not defined but 30 pages max is a recommended limit. Projects created outside of academia are welcome. Your role must be clearly stated if you include work that was completed in collaboration with others.
  • Resume and personal statement (within the portfolio or attached) are required to be considered for any prize.

Submission Details (Deadline Extended)

  • Submission deadline is 5PM Monday, April 26 uploaded to cloud location (link below), PDF format, 25 MB maximum file size. (Any submissions after that date will NOT be accepted).
  • Identify yourself by name in uploaded file(s) eg: your name_portfolio. Students will not be presenting their portfolios; they will submit them for asynchronous evaluation. Jury members will evaluate portfolios individually. This will then be followed by a group meeting to discuss evaluations and determine portfolios to be recognized.
  • Please note: While AIAS is involved in event coordination, AIAS members will not be participating in the judging portion of the competition and will not have access to any portfolio submitted. Additionally, students who submit a portfolio who have been involved in AIAS will not be given an advantage.
  • Submit your portfolio to this link: https://bit.ly/399FPtO

Evaluation Criteria

Portfolios will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Design Process – Problem setting and problem solving
  • Design Outcomes – Rigor, innovation, and creativity
  • Storytelling – Graphic and written communication
  • Abilities – Skills and knowledge demonstrated
  • Impact – This criterion is intended to be open-ended, recognizing work that leaves a strong overall impression, provides unique/diverse points of view, and/or demonstrates the potential for architecture to have a positive impact on society.


The jury will consist of 12 individuals including faculty and practitioners from the following: AIA Spokane, the WSU Architecture Advisory Board, and the WSU Architecture Program.


First, second, and third prize awards will be given at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Three additional prizes will be awarded at both levels based on strong evaluations specifically in the Impact criterion. Each student recognized with an award will (1) have the opportunity to present their portfolio in a mock-interview format with a participating architecture firm (2) receive a book prize and (3) have their work disseminated through our website and social media channels.

Awards Presentation

Awards will be announced and presented during the virtual commencement celebration event from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4th. General comments will be made by members of the jury.


Please contact Matt Melcher, Architecture Program Head.