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2014 Educational Interiors Showcase
The Premier Competition Honoring
Education Interior Design Excellence

Have an exceptional project that deserves national recognition? Want to showcase your best work to the largest audience? From state-of-the-art classrooms to innovative media centers, the American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase gives your project a better forum and more national exposure than any other interiors competition.

This August Educational Interiors Showcase issue will promote your school or university projects to decision-makers in the educational facilities market: AS&U subscribers and thousands of additional AS&U readers, viewers of the digital edition of the Educational Interiors Showcase, school and university administrators at top education facility trade shows, and an unlimited audience visiting your project on the industry-leading SchoolDesigns.com. See "Who Sees Your Interiors Showcase Project?" for more information about AS&U’s unmatched opportunities for exposure.

Enter projects completed in the past five years in one of twenty-five interior project categories, from administrative spaces to vocational/industrial-arts areas. The Educational Interiors Showcase is the industry guidebook for administrators planning and designing interior learning environments. It’s an investment that pays off.

Enter your outstanding projects today for your chance to receive national recognition for you, your project and your school or university.

[Submission Guidelines] [Deadlines] [Entry Categories] [Judging] [How To Enter] [Materials for Entry] [Selecting Your Page Layout] [New! Free Prit Ready PDF Offer]
[Marketing Extras] [Rates
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Submission Guidelines
All architects, schools/universities, interior designers and others related to the field are invited to participate in accordance with the following guidelines:

Entries are accepted for instructional, administrative and service facilities for public, private and parochial schools of all levels, up to and including technical, community/junior colleges, and colleges and universities.

Projects must have been completed since January 1, 2009 or under contract for construction on or before September 1, 2014.

Deadlines
Entry Forms Due: March 7, 2014
Portfolios Due: April 11, 2014

Categories
Projects will be accepted for the following categories:

Administrative Areas/Offices Laboratories
Auditoriums/Music Rooms Libraries/Media Centers
Cafeteria/Food-Service Areas Multipurpose Rooms
Chapels/Worship Centers Physical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers
Classrooms Pre-K/Early-Childhood Education
Common Areas Residence Halls/Lounges
Community Centers/Joint-Use Facilities Service Facilities
Conference/Training Centers Special-Needs Interiors
Exhibition Space/Galleries Student Centers/Service Areas
Healthcare Facilities/Teaching Hospitals Technology Centers
Historic Preservation Vocational/Industrial-Arts Areas
Interior Renovation (any category) Welcome Centers
Interior Work In Progress  

Judging

Evaluation
Each year, AS&U carefully selects its jury to represent a good mix of school administrators and AIA-member architects. The jury evaluates and selects outstanding projects for publication. Primary consideration will be given to the design firm’s solution to the stated educational program requirements. The jury will consider:

- Problem statement and technical specifications
- Architect/Designer response to the program requirements
- Aesthetic characteristics of the solution
- Overall presentation of materials

Awards & Recognition
Crow Island (K-12) and Collegiate Awards
The jury will select two Grand Prize winners, one in each of the K-12 and post-secondary categories. Deluxe commemorative plaques featuring the project's pages from the magazine will be presented for both the firm and its client. 

Citations
The jury will award Gold, Silver and Bronze Citations to additional projects exhibiting exemplary features. Commemorative citation plaques will be presented for both the firm and its client.

Outstanding Projects
Projects that exhibit outstanding designs or qualities also will be recognized and selected for publication as Outstanding Projects. These projects are an important part of producing the comprehensive sourcebook for administrators that is the Educational Interiors Showcase. A commemorative plaque will be presented to these firms.

How To Enter

1. Complete the Official Entry Form:
Click here to download a PDF version of the official entry form. Complete an entry form for each project you wish to enter and email, mail or fax to:

Molly Roudebush, Senior Marketing Manager
American School & University
9800 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66212-2216
Phone: (913) 967-1959, Fax: (913) 514-6959, mroudebush@asumag.com

Note: Multiple projects from the same firm, or the same project in multiple categories, can be entered and published. Call about special discounts for entering one project in multiple categories. Projects that have been entered in the Architectural Portfolio are eligible for entry in the Educational Interiors Showcase.

Upon receipt of your entry form, you will be mailed a 2014 portfolio packet with instructions on assembling your portfolio.

2. Assemble and Submit Presentation Portfolio:
To assemble your portfolio binder, use the packet mailed to you at the time your projects are entered. This packet will include a binder, project description and manufacturer listing forms to submit in the binder, as well as instructions on required photos and space plans. If you are chosen for publication, the materials submitted in your portfolio will be used to create your page(s) in the magazine. These should be of a quality suitable for judging and publication, as no additional materials will be required.

Materials for Entry
Project Description

Completed project description form from the portfolio packet mailed to you upon entry.

Project Data Sheet
Completed project data sheet from the portfolio packet mailed to you upon entry.

Space Plans
One space plan with legend for each floor or area being judged.


Photographs
(all photos requested as digital files with color printouts)

  • One overall 8"x10" 4-color exterior photograph or rendering that shows the context of the project.
  • At least four additional 8"x10" photographs of the project that illustrate various aspects of the entry category.
  • If you are entering the Interior Renovation category, Before and After photos are required.

Listing of Manufacturers
Completed manufacturer listing form from the portfolio packet mailed to you upon entry.

Selecting Your Page Layout
When you enter the Educational Interiors Showcase, you choose how many pages you want dedicated to your project in the August issue of AS&U. Consider how you want to invest in exposure for the school/university and how much of the project additional pages let you show. Additional pages let you include a quote you provide from the school, bigger photos, a floor plan or rendering and allow readers to see all aspects of the design.

Typical Page Layouts

Pages Photographs Description Quote from School Print-Ready PDF
1 Page 4-5 photos 100-175 words No No*
2 Pages 8-10 photos 250-300 words Yes Yes
3 Pages 12-15 photos 300-400 words Yes Yes
4 Pages 15-18 photos 400-450 words Yes Yes

 

New for 2014! Free Print-Ready PDF
*Free print-ready PDF of your pages from the Educational Interiors Showcase issue when you enter more than one project or choose a two-page layout for your project. Print your own reprints!

Marketing Extras

SchoolDesigns.com:
Every project that appears in the 2014 Educational Interiors Showcase will be featured free, including pictures and project description, on www.SchoolDesigns.com - AS&U's industry-leading education design Web site. Link directly to your project online from your Web site or an e-mail.

Plaques:
Complimentary plaque(s) are provided to all firms chosen for publication.

Extra Issues:
Receive five complimentary issues (a $50 value) for each project published in the 2014 AS&U Educational Interiors Showcase.

Client Mailing
AS&U will mail a complimentary copy of the Educational Interiors Showcase to your client with a congratulatory letter from AS&U editor-in-chief, Joe Agron.

Press Release:
A customized press release will be provided to you for distribution to your local newspapers and associations.

Free Listing:
Upon selection, your firm will be included free in AS&U's SchoolDesigns.com Find A Professional directory with logo.

Bonus Distribution:
In addition to the 57,000* educational facilities/business professionals who receive AS&U every month, the Educational Interiors Showcase will be distributed at trade shows throughout the following year.
*June 2013 BPA Worldwide Circulation Statement/May 2013 issue.

Education Bond Alerts:
Two complimentary months of AS&U's email update of recently passed bond issues.

Rates
If your project is selected for publication in the Educational Interiors Showcase, a fee is incurred to help cover judging expenses, and production, printing and distribution of the magazine. Pay nothing when you enter. If published, you receive an invoice in late August.

$1,750 Early-Bird Entry Offer for entry forms received by January 1, 2014!

Publication Fee (per page)

1 page 2 Pages 3 Pages 4 Pages
$1,990 $1,875 per page $1,730 per page $1,620 per page


Per-page discounts apply to multiple pages for one project, or when entering multiple projects. 

Call for information about special discounts for 
entering one project in multiple categories.

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