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Transformation 2030: A Student Design Challenge
Register: Saturday, February 01, 2014
Submit: Monday, April 21, 2014

‘Transformation 2030’ is a global design competition that challenges architecture and engineering students to design a high-performance building that has a positive transformational impact on people and the planet. Participants get realworld experience designing a building based on existing industry needs and regulations, located in an actual community in need. The competition is hosted by AIAS. Learn more by going to our competition website HERE.


Some notable aspects of Transformation 2030 design competition are:


  • We’re collaborating with industry-leaders Architecture 2030 and incorporating new educational content from them as a complementary component to using Autodesk’s software tools and analysis.
  • We worked with the Majora Carter group to find an actual building site that also engages the students around social issues and urban renewal. The site is a former juvenile detention center in a food desert in the South Bronx that, ironically, is located next to one of the biggest fresh produce distribution hubs in the country. The competition is to develop a fresh foods market and culinary center.

High profile Jury

  • Ed Mazria from Architecture 2030,
  • John Kennedy from Autodesk
  • Amy Patel from HOK
  • Scott Shiamberg from Perkin Eastman
  • Senior Associate from Gang Studio


  • Grand Prize- 5-8 week paid internship at Internationally renowned Perkins Eastman (Internship will be awarded to the best individual design) or $7500 cash award should a team win.
  • 2nd place- $5000
  • 3rd- $3000
  • 4th- $1500
  • Faculty sponsorship award $500

The BPA Certificate is a pre-requisite (free online course that will go-live on August 30th).

The Autodesk® Building Performance Analysis (BPA) Certificate Program is a free online course for architecture and engineering students that teaches necessary building science fundamentals for designing high performance buildings.
Through self-paced online tutorials, quizzes and Autodesk software exercises, the BPA Certificate Program gives students the skills required to help drive an industry-wide transition to performance-based sustainable design.

Participants do not have to complete the program to register, but must finish the program to submit,-- they will be asked to upload their certificate as proof when submitting their design.

Completing the BPA Certificate Program also earns 1500 Autodesk Student Expert Points which can either increase a current Student Experts Status or initiate a new standard membership for those just getting started. Learn more about the benefits of being an Autodesk Student Expert HERE

Registration is open August 1st - January 31st, 2014 (UPDATED!)


Submissions will be accepted February 1st - April 20th (UPDATED!)

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