Entry FAQ's

RAI Amsterdam 4 - 6 December 2019

Please see below further information on the INSIDE Awards which are now closed for entries for 2017. Should you need any further information on help entering please do not hesitate to contact us.

Who can enter?

  • Interior Architects / Interior Designers
  • Developers, funders, contractors and other associated organisations (for example clients), may also enter on behalf of the architect, with their consent

What can be entered?

  • Interiors completed between 1 January 2017 and 1 June 2018 for the 2018 awards. Entries will open in February 2018. 
  • There is no limit on the number of projects that can be submitted
  • Projects can be submitted in more than one category where relevant
  • All designs must be by professionals whose qualifications are recognised by their local accreditation organisation

What do I need to include on my online entry?

Entrants must submit an online entry which will include contact details and a minimum of:

  • 6 x low resolution photographs of the project (maximum of 20)
  • 3 x further images of a site plan, floor plan, key section
  • 3 x high resolution image, minimum of 300 DPI
  • 250 words of explanatory text
  • Artwork for your entry boards - please note this year we will be printing all of the entry boards for you to save you the time and effort of arranging print and delivery.

and a maximum of:

  • 20 images including photographs, elevations, sections, details and plans
  • 1000 words of explanatory text
  • 3 x high resolutions images, 300 DPI

Please ensure that you are authorised to use all images. By submitting the entry you acknowledge that INSIDE Festival and its partners have the right to reproduce photography, drawings and other information materials in whole or part without payment of copyright (where we are made aware of their names, photographers will be acknowledged) in connection to the Festival.

What should my entry board artwork contain?

Each entry must comprise two A2 entry boards that will be viewed by INSIDE shortlisting judges. We will print your entry boards. Simply upload your entry board designs as the final stage of your online entry. Maximum upload of 12MB per board.

  • Entry board artwork must include photographs of the building (in either colour or black and white), a site plan, drawings and a 250 word description in English.
  • Entry board artwork must be sized for A2 boards- 420mm (wide) x 594mm (high), approximately 16.5in wide x 23.4in high.
  • To ensure anonymity in judging, no names of entrants or collaborating parties may appear on any part of the front of the board.

What language should my entry be in?

All entries must be submitted in English.

When is the entry deadline?

The 2017 awards are now closed for entries. The 2018 awards will open for entries in February 2018 and close in May 2018.

How much is it to enter?

Below are the 2017 rates to enter.

  • Early bird rate (ends 27 April): 625 EUR +VAT
  • Standard rate (after 27 April): 725 EUR +VAT

Enter three or more projects and receive a 15% discount. Use discount code MULTIENTRY15

When will I find out if I have been shortlisted?

Shortlisted entrants will be notified in writing by July 2017 and supplied with finalist promotional material. The full shortlist will be announced in numerous press titles from July onwards including by INSIDE’s key media partner Dezeen.

What happens if I am shortlisted?

  • INSIDE’s key benefit is all that shortlisted projects will present to, exchange ideas with, and receive live feedback from a panel of international jurors. If an entry is shortlisted, then at least two representatives MUST be available to attend the Festival and present the project to the jury. The 2017 Festival takes place on the 15 – 17 November at Arena Berlin, Germany.
  • The presenter must be part of the design team
  • Presenters and other attendees will be required to purchase Festival passes; shortlisted entrants do not receive free passes for the Festival but do have discounted rates available for a limited time.
  • If your project wins an INSIDE category award, the presenter must be available to present again to the super jury (for the World Interior of the Year prize) on Friday 17 November and to collect the trophy at the closing ceremony on the final evening of Friday 17 November.

When will I found out if I have won?

  • 2017 category winners will be announced on the evenings of Wednesday 15 November and Thursday 16 November live at the Festival
  • All category winners will automatically be contenders for World Interior of the Year 2017 and will need to present on Friday 17 November
  • World Interior of the Year will be announced at the overall awards ceremony on the evening of Friday 17 November

How will my project be judged?

The INSIDE awards are not judged behind closed doors but in front of a stellar international jury live at the festival. Every award finalist is invited to present their project at the festival, exchange with the jury and take the spotlight in front of wealth of new contacts. 

We know that the INSIDE judging process is an integral part of your experience and that knowing that your project has been assessed fairly and with expertise is crucial when entering. We hope that the information below demonstrates that this is the case but if you have any additional queries we would be very happy to speak to you in detail, simply request that we call you back.

The shortlisting process:

  • All entry boards are printed and displayed out in their categories for consideration by judges
  • Judges work in pairs on several categories
  • Judges are explicitly asked to pick a shortlist, i.e. not trying to identify winner(s), which reflect design quality in the round, looking for evidence of innovation, imagination, expression etc. Both within the terms of the category and in their potential contribution to architecture generally
  • This is the only stage of the judging that takes place away from the festival and is not open to be watched publically

Category judging:

  • Takes place on the first two days of INSIDE Festival
  • Each category has an international panel of three judges
  • Each panel operates in a ‘crit room’
  • For each category it judges, the panel needs to select a winner, it may also award a high commendation but is not obliged to
  • After the final day’s presentation, each jury decides in private who has won, and the chair produces brief comments on what the jury liked about the winner
  • All presentations take 10 minutes and juries have eight minutes to ask questions and discuss the project with the architect
  • The judges represent the audience of delegates, who do not ask questions
  • Category winners are announced at the end of each day, following the keynote

Overall winners judging:

  • This takes place on the final day of the Festival on INSIDE’s main stage
  • Category winners present their designs and are quizzed  by the super-jury in the same format at category judging
  • The juries choice of winner will be named ‘World Interior of the Year’
  • As with category judging, after final presentations the juries meet in private to decide the winners, and each chair provides notes on why the winner won
  • The winner is announced at the Gala Dinner on the final evening of the Festival

The jury:

  • The decision of the jury is final
  • The jury reserves the right to re-classify, re-categorise or reject any entry that does not comply with the requirements of the competition
  • Details of the jury meetings will not be disclosed
  • No correspondence will be entered into by the organisers or the judges regarding feedback on entries
  • Judges will be asked to declare an interest and remove themselves from the process if they are asked to judge an entry that poses a conflict of interest
  • All judges are provided with an outline of their role including guidance for assessing architectural quality based on ‘Design Review’, written by Peter Stewart for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), 2002, downloadable here 
  • Chairs of juries have additional guidance on their role, particularly in relation to time-keeping
  • In general we ask that decisions be reached by consensus reached through discussion using their expert judgement
  •  We do not use formal scoring or checklists

Will I receive my entry board?

Entry boards will not be returned to the entrant. Boards will be recycled or displayed at subsequent INSIDE events.

Where will my entry be publicised?

At the festival:

  • All entries will be exhibited in the awards gallery on site at the Festival and included in the Festival catalogue.

Other outlets:

  • Winners and entries may be published in our media partner publications (at their discretion).
  • Exhibition boards may be displayed at subsequent exhibitions.
  • We will provide information on all winning entries to other architectural magazines, newspapers and relevant media worldwide.
  • Submission of an entry will be taken to imply the granting of permission to publish all material and particulars of the successful schemes, including the jury report. The names and addresses of private residential clients will not be published.
  • The winning building will feature on the homepage of INSIDE Festival website after the event

If you have any further questions then please contact us.

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