Several design competitions are now accepting entries.

  • Beginning Jan. 2, 2009, and continuing through May 29, landscape architecture students are encouraged to enter the Wayne Grace Memorial Student Design Competition, which aims to demonstrate the benefits of landscape architecture to the public, as well as the value of the professional licensing process. The competition is sponsored by the Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Foundation, and is open to individual students and teams. The program accepts submissions of projects that affect the natural and built environment in a way that positively impacts the public's quality of life. For submission guidelines and award information, download the competition PDF here.

  • DESIGN 21: Social Design Network has opened for entries two competitions designed to spotlight environmentally responsible forestry. "Wood, Paper, Checkmark" is a competition for DESIGN 21's international member base to create an awareness campaign for sustainable forestry and to inform the public about the Forest Stewardship Council and its mission. "Going With the Grain" challenges designers and architects to design a functional and attractive object from one sheet of FSC-certified plywood. Entries for both competitions will be accepted through Jan. 13, 2009. For full details and guidelines, visit www.design21sdn.com/competitions/14 and www.design21sdn.com/challenges/15.

  • Metropolis magazine's 2009 Next Generation Design Competition, "Fix Our Energy Addiction," is accepting entries through Jan. 30, 2009. Qualifying designers must have been in practice for 10 years or less. The competition challenges entrants to revise the 20th century's "broken models"—to confront current patterns of living and working in a world that demands ever-increasing amounts of high-cost energy sources. Entrants should focus on one area of 20th-century life that needs fixing and fully develop a solution. For more information, visit www.metropolismag.com/nextgen/.

  • Entries for the 2009 American Architecture Awards are due by Feb. 1, 2009. Organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and Metropolitan Arts Press, the American Architecture Awards program will consider new architectural projects—both built and unbuilt—in the United States designed by both American and international architectural firms. The awards program honors new architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, and urban planning projects in the United States. Additionally, the 2009 program's winning projects will be presented in an exhibition in Florence, Italy; the exhibition will travel to the U.S. in 2010. Visit www.chi-athenaeum.org/archawards/index.html for full competition information and submission guidelines.