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There are presently no open calls for submissions.

**Submission deadline extended to 5pm PST, August 15, 2018!**


The winning entries of the following 10 awards will be determined by our esteemed panel of judges. (See our Judges page to review their bios.)

1. ARCHITECTURE: Residential: Built environments at any scale.

2. ARCHITECTURE: Commercial: Built environments at any scale.

3. INTERIORS: Residential: Full or partial home interior projects.

4. INTERIORS: Commercial: Commercial interiors at any scale.

5. LANDSCAPE: Private or Public/Civic: From backyards to urban planning projects or installations.

6. FASHION: Apparel & Accessories: Full collections, individual garments, swimwear, outerwear, jewelry, handbags, wallets and belts, shoes, scarves, hats, and more.

7. PRODUCT DESIGN: Lighting & Furniture: Interior and architectural products.

8. PRODUCT DESIGN: Other: Industrial design, accessories, textiles, wallpaper, appliances, hardware, doors, windows, flooring, tech, and more. 

9. STUDENT DESIGN: Open category: Real or conceptual work spanning all award categories. Submitted work must have been created while enrolled in a school or other educational program.

10. WILD CARD: Open category: Surprise us! This is the category for design that doesn't quite fit into one of the above categories. Concepts, renderings, and unbuilt/unrealized projects welcome. Design quality and innovation will be the deciding factor.


GRAY editors will cull nominations and recognize a project, product, or individual that makes a positive impact through design on a social, humanitarian, community, or environmental issue. The most successful submissions will have an element to them that proactively helps a social, humanitarian, community, or environmental cause, not merely be made with eco-friendly products. It is acceptable for projects to be unbuilt. You may nominate one of your own projects. Nominations open with submissions. Entry fee is waived for Design For Good nominations.


  • The 2018 GRAY Awards trophy—custom designed by contemporary glass artist John Hogan.
  • Publication of the award-winning project in GRAY’s December 2018/January 2019 Awards Issue, with big reveal and celebration at the GRAY Awards Party!
  • Recognition of winning project and firm on GRAY’s digital and social media channels, with additional exposure through the GRAY Awards media and industry partners (see our Partners page for more).
  •  Awards media partner v2com will offer one gift certificate to each of the 10 award winners to distribute one press kit (Inter package) on v2com newswire


  • Potential for publication in GRAY’s December 2018/January 2019 Awards Issue as an “Editors’ Picks" selection.


  • ONE ticket to the GRAY Awards Party (a $150 value). Additional tickets to the GRAY Awards Party will be offered at a discount. If you are named a finalist, you will receive one additional complimentary ticket to the GRAY Awards Party. NOTE: It is one ticket per submitting firm or individual, not per project submitted. Those with projects named as finalists receive two complimentary tickets total, regardless of the number of entries that are finalists.
  • A complimentary 1-year subscription to GRAY* (a $30 value, limit one per submission) 

*If the submitter currently subscribes, the subscription will be extended by one year. By entering the GRAY Awards, you are requesting a 1 year subscription unless otherwise notified.


The 2018 GRAY Awards are open to each of the following:
1) The work of designers or design firms based in either Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, or British Columbia; Projects may be located inside or  outside of the region.
2) A project that is physically located in in either Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, or British Columbia if a designer/firm may is located elsewhere.
3) Students enrolled in 2018/2019 design and architecture programs in either Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, or British Columbia.

For all categories: projects must be less than two years old (after June 2016) to qualify. For the categories of Architecture, Interiors, Landscape, Fashion, and Product Design: projects must be completed/built/fabricated, not concepts. For Student Design and Wild Card categories, concept renderings or drawings are suitable for submission.


Projects will be evaluated on the following qualities:

  • Aesthetic Quality: Does it have an elevated visual quality? Does it defy the status quo? Does it raise the standards of its category of design in some way?
  • Overall creativity and function: What problem is it solving? How well does it work? How original is the idea?
  • Innovation, environmental issues, and social good: Are any or all materials from sustainable sources? If it’s a commercial building, does it contribute positively to the fabric of the community where it’s located? Are there any concept or material innovations that make this project exceptional?


  • Must be eligible (see ELIGIBILITY above).
  • Entries must be submitted and received via the online entry system by 5pm PST on August 1, 2018.
  • Full payment must be received by the submission deadline or the submission will not be eligible for judging. Payment is only accepted online through the submission portal.
  • All images must be .jpg format (video in .mov or .mp4), at least 300 dpi resolution and minimum of 8.5” in width, with no watermarks.


  • Images: For each project submission, you may submit up to 15 images and/or drawings/renderings in .jpg format, at least 300 dpi, 8.5” wide for horizontal, and 17” high for vertical. Do not include any firm names or logo watermarks. Name image files: “Project Name_Photographer Name_Image Number.” If it is a rendering and doesn’t require attribution, name it “Project Name_Rendering_Image Number.” See FAQs for more about photography.
  • Project Description: Fill out the submission form, detailing the “who, what, where and why” of your project. Should you be chosen as a finalist, Editors’ Pick, or winner, this information will be the only source of information that we will have to write from, so please be as detailed as space allows. Consider sharing the process, materials, design challenges, innovative solutions, and significance in the big picture of design. 


  • Early-bird submissions by 5pm PST July 2, 2018: $150 for first entry; $130 for each additional entry
  • Submissions between 5:01pm PST July 2, 2018 and 5pm PST August 15, 2018: $175 for first entry; $150 for each additional entry
  • Student Design category: Early-bird submissions: $35 for each entry; submission between 5:01pm PST July 2, 2018 and 5pm PST August 15, 2018: $45 for each entry

*Note: If you are submitting multiple entries (either in one category or in multiple categories), you must enter in the project's information and pay submission fees each time you complete a submission. Please contact if you would like to submit more than five entries in one category.


  • Only complete submissions will be considered. Incomplete or ineligible submissions will be disqualified without notice or return of payment.
  • By submitting, the entrant authorizes GRAY Media LLC to publish the project in print and digital editions of GRAY Magazine, on and, on GRAY’s social channels, and any media and industry partners affiliated with the GRAY Awards, with photographer attribution. The submission may be reproduced, in whole or in part, for editorial and promotional purposes. Photography fees and publication rights are transferred via the submitter only, and GRAY will not be held responsible for obtaining photography usage rights by any means. For winning residential projects, homeowners must be willing to sign an agreement allowing GRAY to publish their home (unless directed otherwise, GRAY will keep clients/residents anonymous).
  • GRAY Awards judges reserve the right to not award a winner in a category, or they may reassign a project to a category into which it wasn’t entered if the requirements for that category are met.
  • No refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

Email with questions. Before emailing, please read the FAQs thoroughly. See past winners here.

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