Submit Now: Student Summer Residential & Commercial Design Competition

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The Emerging Professionals Program, by Dunn-Edwards Paints, will honor exceptional students - emerging professionals - in architecture and design this summer.

Dunn-Edwards recognizes that professional development is an evolution. This competition fills a void to allow all skill levels to practice real-world applications of commercial and residential design while still in school. Open to all beginner and advanced level architectural and interior design students nationwide currently enrolled in school.

*Submissions are due August 6, 2021 by 11:59PM PDT. There is no fee to enter. Winners will be announced by August 31, 2021. Apply at*

Using Dunn-Edwards Color of the Year, Wild Blue Yonder (DE5855), to anchor the designs, advanced and beginner entrants must address a specific need for a hypothetical client. Advanced tier entrants submit a mood board, color renderings and written description. Beginner tier entrants submit a mood board and written description.

PRIZES: The 1st place winners will receive national recognition through a feature in Dunn-Edwards specs + spaces, acknowledgment on social media and will bring home $3,000 in cash. Winners will also be selected for 2nd and 3rd place to receive cash prizes. The beginner tier winners will receive a $100 Dunn-Edwards gift card. Early-bird prizes will be given to the first 5 entrants.

JUDGES: Sara A. McLean, Editor and Color Marketing Manager at Dunn-Edwards Paints, Garry Cohn, Design Director at Cohn Design, Kali Sipes, US Brand Awareness Leader at Curator Paints, Liana Gonzales, Design Competition at Made Renovation, Alexis Gyenge, Adjunct Faculty in Interior Design and Sustainability at Pima Community College, and Cyn Moreno, Influencer & Set Designer at Hot Pink Pineapples.

DATES: Submissions due online by August 6, 2021 at 11:59PM PDT. Winners will be announced by August 31, 2021.

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