We offer our six top tips for maximizing your chances of receiving high scores from the judges and winning a monthly and annual accolade during this edition of the spatial design competition of the year. Taken from direct jury feedback, here’s our compilation of advice to help you to create a successful submission.

1. Address the four criteria

We can’t overstate this one. For you to receive a high score from the judges you will need to address the four key criteria of the competition: Sustainability, Innovation, Creativity and Functionality. Try to write your submission text in a way that emphasizes your project’s contribution or attention to each area with ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’.

Floorplan for Office of Blocks, designed by Adrian Chan Design and Research Office.

2. Submit floorplans

Provide our jurors (many of whom are expert interior designers and architects in their own right) with additional context about your project. Submitting floorplans along with your project photos gives a more holistic view, leading to a greater understanding of the space, the clients’s needs and how you achieved your goals.

Gensler's International Center of Photography in New York City. Photo: Robert Deitchler, courtesy of Gensler

3. Add people to your places

Spaces are ultimately designed for people. By adding a smattering of project photography with people in them, you provide the jury with an idea of the usability and functionality of the space. Let’s face it, most people that work within the design profession are highly visual learners, so by providing more visual cues, you pave the way for greater comprehension.

4. Don’t underestimate the details

Our judges are poring through your project submissions; through the photography, floor plans and descriptions, right down to the captions and credits. If you want to help the judges get a better realization of the scope of your project, you might think about including smaller details that can offer a lot of context. This includes the date of completion, location, budget and a short summary of the client brief.

Co-working space Spielfeld, a multipurpose hub in Berlin developed by Lxsy Architekten. Photo: I Shoot Buildings

5. Consider your categories

Ultimately, which category fits your project best is your decision. But with increasing numbers of submissions traversing spatial design typologies, there may be a case for you to think more tactically about which category you submit to. Is your project a co-living space that encompasses a restaurant, or a co-working space that hosts pop-up retail concepts? Then take your time to consider which category plays to your strengths. Remember, you can always submit the same project to multiple categories, further increasing your likelihood of recognition.

Frame founder Robert Thiemann moderating the Live Jury Session with our October judges.

6. Attend the Live Jury Sessions

Last but not least, every month we announce new winners and highly commended projects that have impressed the jury. These recognized projects are celebrated and discussed during our monthly Live Jury Sessions, which we encourage you all to attend. By attending these sessions you get the opportunity to learn from the judges’s critique, uncover emerging spatial design trends and hear which project elements and themes truly stand out from the crowd. Not only that, but these sessions are also developed to provide our community an opportunity to meet each other, and put names and faces to the people that make up the interior design industry at large.

You can already register to our next Live Jury Session taking place on 2 February at 16:00 CET, by signing up here. Alternatively, tune-in via Facebook, where we’ll be livestreaming the event. All Live Jury Sessions and virtual events from Frame are hosted on our YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to here.

Have questions about submitting or in need of support? Then send the Frame Awards team an email at awards@frameweb.com.

Cover image: OGIA's project Jae-Young Seong Ease Dermatology Clinic in Busan, South Korea. Photo: Myunggu Kim