The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF) has announced its 52nd Annual AFSF High School Design Competition. All interested high school students, including those in both public as well as private schools in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and globally, are encouraged to participate in this exciting competition that will give the participants a unique global exposure. This year’s 2021 competition has been kindly sponsored by Forge Development Partners. Applications are now open for this exciting competition attracting talents from across the world. So, if you are a high school student who is interested in creating and designing things to make this world more beautiful and functional in the truest sense, then, this opportunity is for you!
The “Annual AFSF High School Design Competition” is an initiative of the “Architectural Foundation of San Francisco” to provide a platform for buddings architects, designers and creators of tomorrow. The competition gives out prizes for the best and most effective design, the best group entry and for the best digital entry. In addition to the standard prizes that the competition gives out, the first place winner in the overall superiority category will also be awarded an opportunity to attend a four week Summer Pre-college Scholarship at the California College of the Arts. This once in a lifetime opportunity will be crucial in the life of any high schooler, as it will give them their first taste into the world of Arts and further open up a diverse range of opportunities for them to pursue this in their studies as well as in their careers.
The Architectural Foundation of San Francisco (AFSF) aims to create and increase awareness of the impact that architecture and design have on their surroundings and in general the people and the environment they are built-in. This enhances not just the quality of life but adds to the future viability of that demography. They seek to share with the future architects – children, the passion and pride that those who shape the physical environment of their world have. Forge Development Partners have a view that is completely aligned with that of AFSF. They focus on taking a solutions-based approach to building and managing the designs and projects they work on. They put in a lot of effort to ensure that the user experience for their residents and their surrounding community is as pleasant as possible. Thus extending their support to encourage the future generation to build design solutions to help improve the lives of the community, this scholarship program initiative has been taken up by them.
The following table provides an overview of the entire scholarship:
|Organization||Architectural Foundation of San Francisco|
|Educational Level||High School students|
|Number of Awards||3|
|Application Deadline||May 21, 2021|
|Requirement||Drawings, Model, and Design description, Video Description|
Who May Be Eligible
Students who are in their High School, including those in both public as well as private schools in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and globally are eligible to take part in this exciting competition. The students can choose to enter the competition in one of the following three ways: as an Individual Entry participant, as a Group Entry participant or as a Design Process Entry participant. The Design Process category entrants may choose to enter as either an individual or as a group for its 52nd Annual AFSF High School Design Competition.
How to Apply
In order to get the application form and the details regarding the same, participants or the teachers on their respective high schools, are requested to first send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
highlighting their interest in taking part in the competition.
Once registered in their mailing list, the participants are requested to submit drawings, model, and design description in the form of a Google Slide deck for presentation. This year, the students are given the task to design a public waterfront “playground” at South Beach Piers 38-40 along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. As part of the Port of San Francisco’s Historic Rehabilitation Program, this part building, part park design intervention will service the greater community in an effort to establish adaptive reuse of the piers and to introduce publicly-oriented mixed uses. To better explain their model and ideas, they are also required to submit a brief video describing the project (no more than 2 minutes maximum). This is an opportunity to explain and describe to the judges the overall goals and aspirations for the design, the design process, and what the entrant enjoyed most about undertaking this challenge.
This year the 52nd Annual AFSF High School Design Competition in collaboration with Forge Development Partners are awarding prizes in 3 categories: 1) Best Design (single entrant), 2) Best Group entry, and 3) Best Digital entry. Based on which option the students choose to enter, they will only be eligible for certain awards. In addition to the three standard prizes mentioned above, the first-place winner in the overall superiority category will receive a four week Summer Pre-college Scholarship at the California College of the Arts.
The applications are open until May 21, 2021. To be considered for this scholarship, please send your entry by then.