The Metals in Construction magazine 2024 Design Challenge is open to both students and professionals in the architecture and engineering disciplines. Employees of sponsors are not eligible. All entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules. Each proposal is expected to fulfill the design criteria outlined in the Design Brief.

Entry Fee

The entry fee for the competition is $125 for students and $150 for professionals.

Maximum Number of Entries

The number of entries is not limited. Individuals or teams may enter multiple proposals but a fee is required for each proposal submission.

Original Work

By submitting an entry, the entrants warrant that it is his/her/their original work and that they have worldwide permission to publish the material.


With the exception of the Entrant Information section of the Registration form, nowhere in your Proposal Summary or Proposal Visualization, should your name, likeness, or company logo appear. Entrants must keep all submitted materials anonymous.

Registration and Submission

Entries must be submitted electronically via the Registration form on We will not accept mailed entries.

The online Registration form allows entrants to provide a Proposal Summary and Proposal Visualization in the form of a multi-page PDF file. Linked or embedded objects will not be judged. If an attached file is corrupt, we will contact the applicant for a replacement file, which must be received no later than March 13, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST.


The deadline is March 13, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST.


A panel of industry judges will choose the winner in March 2024. The winner and any runners-up will be notified by telephone or email. Judges’ decisions are final.

Announcing the Winner & Runner Up

The winner and any runners-up will be awarded in March 2024. If a winner cannot be contacted or is disqualified for any reason, the Metals in Construction magazine Design Challenge and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York (herein after “the Institute”) reserve the right to determine an alternate winner or not to award that winner’s prize, in its sole discretion. The Institute also reserves the right not to award a prize for any other reason. The winner will be invited to a virtual or in-person conference in 2024, where the winner will be announced publicly, along with feedback from the competition judges. Any entry may be noted in Metals in Construction magazine and on and and their digital communications.

Winner and Runners-Up’s Obligations

  • The winner and runners-up must sign a copy of his/her/their registration assigning the publishing rights to the Institute and the Institutes to use the design in print, online, in events/exhibits, in advertisements/publicity, and license others to do so.
  • The winner and runners-up must provide publication quality images of the winning project, defined as 300 DPI at 10” x 12”.
  • The winner and runners-up must provide a publication quality individual or team photo.
  • The winner and runners-up will be asked to provide image credits as necessary.
  • The winner and runners-up must be available for interview by the Institute.
  • The winner only will be asked to send a representative to a conference awarding the winners in March 2024.


Information provided on the Registration form may appear in Metals in Construction magazine, and/or and Image credit information may need to be condensed or edited for space. The Institute is not responsible for incorrect information provided on Registration forms that misrepresents the copyright of original ownership of ideas.

The Institute assumes that all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. The Institute is not liable for violations of any third-party rights, including, but not limited to, claims of copyright, trademark, patent infringement, defamation, trade secrets, or trade dress on the part of the entrant. The Institute assumes that all images provided with entries are free of any third-party rights. The entrant may submit images that are works for hire for an employer only if entrant has secured written permission for the submitted image(s) to appear Metals in Construction magazine and/or and The Institute will include photographer credits if that information is provided when high-resolution images are submitted.

By entering this competition you agree to abide by these rules and you warrant and represent that (i) your entry is your original work, (ii) you have sufficient rights to the material you are submitting, (iii) these rights have been legally obtained and created, and (iv) publication of the material via various media will not infringe on any third party rights, including without limitation contractual rights, intellectual property rights, publicity and privacy rights, and rights against libel, defamation, and slander. The Institute shall retain publication rights of all proposals entered in the Contest (“Work Product”), and may transfer such rights at its sole discretion to any third party. By submitting proposals, entrants grant a worldwide, perpetual, transferable, exclusive license to the Institute (or successive owners of the Work Product) to publish proposals, in whole or in part, in promotional materials, public information materials, and/or exhibits without compensation to the entrants or any other person or entity. The Institute (including successive owners of the Work Product) shall not be subject to any obligation(s) of confidentiality with respect to any entries, nor the Institute (including successive owners of the Work Product) liable for any use or disclosure of any entries.

The Institute (including successive owners of the Work Product) shall not be responsible for loss or damage to entries, has the right to use the participants’ names without compensation to the participants, and will not return entries.