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SCI-Arc: 40/40 Alumni Competition
Register/Submit: Tuesday, March 19, 2013


For the occasion of the 40th Anniversary, the Media and Exhibits Committee of the SCIARC Alumni Council are launching a competition for the design, management, and construction of “40/40” an Exhibit of Alumni work. On Thursday, April 11th, 2013, one winning entry will occupy the lobby space of the Farmers and Merchants Bank located at 401 S Main St. in downtown Los Angeles, and will serve as “canvas” to depict Alumni work. The Exhibit will coincide with April’s Downtown Art Walk, giving SCIARC, Alumni and the Winner exposure to thousands of art aficionados.

The Exhibit will also be installed at SCI-Arc as the centerpiece of the “Alumni Lounge” during the 40th Anniversary Celebration Weekend of April 19-21, 2013.

“40/40”, referring to SCIARC’s original 40 students that formed the school and 40 years of its operation, aspires to honor the work of over 4000 alumni that has since passed through the school.

The Challenge
We envision fabricating a structure that will transform the space of the lobby/lounge and receive images of alumni work via digital projection. This competition asks for designs that will spatially transform the lobby space, be able to contain and/or receive digital projections of SCIARC alumni work received through previous calls for entries.

The winning entry will have these characteristics:

  1. Represents SCI-Arc spirit
  2. Aspires to spatially transform space of the lobby/lounge
  3. Will be inventive in its use of material and form
  4. Is conscientious of the materials used and their impact on the environment
  5. Is easy to produce and install
  6. Contains enough detail to ensure construct ability

The selected project will work closely with the Media and Exhibits committee and will be commissioned to produce, construct, install, and disassemble the final design.


Call for Entries Issued: February 18th, 2013
Deadline to Submit Questions: February 25th, 2013
Answers Publication on Website: February 27, 2013
Competition Submission Deadline: March 18th, 2013
Winner Announcement: March 25th, 2013
Design-Management-Construction period: March 25th-April 10, 2013
Exhibit Date: April 11, 2013
De-Install Exhibit: April 13, 2013
Install at SCI-Arc Alumni Lounge (Room 160): April 18, 2013
De-Install Exhibit: April 20, 2013

Design Considerations
Program: Clearly exhibit alumni work spanning all decades and disciplines through digital projections


  • Must be Freestanding structure (cannot attach to walls or floor of Bank Lobby
  • Can attach tensile members from railing of mezzanine (weight restrictions apply)
  • Accommodate electric wiring, lighting, projectors and other amenities as necessary
  • Digital Projectors (4) will be provided by SCIARC for this purpose
  • Lobby Space contains general lighting only, additional lighting may be proposed by the entrant
  • Assembly, disassembly (12 hours each), storage, and transport need to be an integral part of the design
  • The design and proposed installation methodology of the Structure shall be subject to an engineering review
  • Floor plans of the space can be viewed here: FLOOR PLANS HERE
  • Photos of the site can be found HERE and may be used in preparation of renderings/visualizations.

Submission Requirements and Eligibility
All submission materials must have a Title, name of entrant, year of graduation and type of degree.

Written Description of the Entry
Adequate drawings to depict design including but not limited to plans, sections, renderings, details etc.
Submissions will be organized as a single PDF file containing no more than 5 pages in an 11×17 Format. File size will not exceed 4MB.

The competition is limited to SCI-Arc Alumni. SCI-Arc Alum/na is defined as an individual who completed more than 3 semesters of study at the school.

By entering the Competition, any and all entrants, and where applicable, their predecessors, successors, assigns, heirs, officers, directors, attorneys, agents, affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, employees, shareholders, and any other person or entity similarly situated, agree in full to these Terms and Conditions.

No Entrant shall receive or be entitled to receive any payment as a result of a submission or for granting the promoters any right here in or associated with the competition except an award pursuant to the rules herein.

The total budget for design, construction, assembly, and disassembly is $1,000 and will be payable to the winner upon project completion.

Any costs in excess thereof are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

The winner will work with the Media Committee to realize the design will be responsible for project management with manufacturers/vendors to produce the project. All other production and fabrication expenses, exceeding $1,000 shall be assumed by the winner.

All questions should be e-mailed to portal@sciarcalumni.org by February 25th, 2013. Relevant questions and answers will be posted on the Portal page found on the www.sciarcalumni.org, on February 27th, 2013.

Competitors must not communicate with the jury about the competition in any way until a public announcement of the winners is made. No partner, associate, or employee of any jury member may participate in the competition.

The jury members include: the Media and Exhibits Committee of the Alumni Council and SCIARC Faculty. The decision of the jury shall be final and binding on all parties, and no disputes shall be entertained. The jury might declare the competition deserted and reject any and all proposals received in response to this competition. The jury might waive or modify any irregularities in proposals received or any other aspect of this competition.

Additional Information
The Competition is organized by the Media and Exhibits Committee of the Alumni Council and sponsored by Alumni Council, Tom Gilmore and SCI-Arc, Copyrights regarding the Projects shall remain the property of the Entrants.
Submitted materials shall not be released nor exposed in public, press or other media before the announcement of a winning entry or the cancellation of the competition.

The Winner agrees to permit competition sponsors to use the submitted materials for public posting, publication, or exhibition or for archival, promotional, educational, and such other purposes as such institutions shall determine. The Jury reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Competition for any reason, including those causes beyond the organizer’s control that could corrupt the administration, security, or proper participation in the Competition.
The organization assumes no responsibility for postal, e-mail, electronic, technical, or natural conditions that prevent the receipt or judging of a competition submission or any part thereof.

The organization reserves the right to amend these Guidelines at any time without notice.

No information contained in submissions shall be deemed confidential and such information may be shared with other governmental entities. Therefore, please do not submit any information that may be deemed proprietary in nature.
Competition sponsors shall not be liable for any costs incurred by any respondent in the preparation, submittal, presentation, or revision of its submission. Competition sponsors shall not be obligated to pay and shall not pay any costs in connection with the preparation of such submissions.

Submissions must be submitted to portal@sciarcalumni.org on March 18th, 2013 before 6 p.m. PST

The winning entry will be directly contacted on March 25th, 2013, followed by a public announcement.

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