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NKBA Design Competition

Member Pricing:
First Project: $175
Second Project: $150
Three or More Projects: $100/per project

Non-Member Pricing:
First Project: $225
Second Project: $200
Three or More Projects: $175/per project

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Best Overall Category Awards:

Best Overall Kitchen – $20,000

Best Overall Bath – $20,000

Category Awards

1st place:  $5,000

2nd place:  $3,000

3rd place:  $2,000

2024 Categories

Kitchen Categories:

  • Kitchen – Small – under 300 sq. ft. 
  • Kitchen – Large – over 300 sq. ft.
  • Specialty Kitchen – i.e. dirty kitchen, caterer’s or scullery kitchens, Kosher kitchen, guest house kitchen, outdoor kitchen

Prizes | First: $5,000  Second: $3,000  Third: $2,000

Bath Categories:

  • Powder Room (No shower or tub)
  • Secondary Bath 
  • Primary Bath 

Prizes | First: $5,000  Second: $3,000  Third: $2,000

Best Overall Category Awards

Best Overall Kitchen** – $20,000

Best Overall Bath ** – $20,000

See Entry Packet for details.

**Overall winners will be chosen from first-place winners of each category.

The Judging

The competition entries will be scored based on the following core areas, click here for complete criteria and requirements.

  • Creativity
  • Presentation
  • Design planning
  • Elements and Principles of Design
  • Safety and ergonomics
  • NKBA Planning Guidelines (4th Edition)

Two rounds of judging will occur: 

Round 1  – will be scored by editors from various trade and consumer publications.  Judges will review the projects on creativity, innovation as well as Wow factor.

Round 2  – The judging panel will be comprised of NKBA-certified designers. Those who move onto Round 2 will be notified in late July and will have until August 18, 2023, to upload their remaining required documents.

Competition Guidelines + Requirements
  • NKBA Members: First project entry is $175; Second project is $150 an each subsequent entry is $130 per project.
  • Non-Members: First project entry is $225, while the second project submission is $200 and each subsequent entry is $175 per project.
  • The individual entrant must be the Designer of Record on each project. There is a maximum of two co-designers for each project.
  • If the entrant is not the owner of the business that billed the project, owner approval is required for eligibility.
  • The project(s) submitted must have been installed between January 1, 2022 and July 11, 2023.
  • Enter the project into the one category for which it is best suited, based on size and style. You may enter as many projects s you would like that fit into the various categories.
  • A new entry form is required for each project submitted and is to be completed in full. Each entry requires a separate fee.
  • Entries must be received in their entirety by July 11, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET with the entry fee paid in full.
  • All identifying design/firm information must be removed or blacked out from photographs, floor plans, elevations and design statements.
  • All required materials must be received digitally and labeled according to NKBA directions.
Required Materials Checklist
  1. Review the 2024 Design Competition Entry Packet and Kitchen & Bath Guidelines
  2. Register for an account on the awards platform.
  3. Complete Online Entry Form.
    • Select “Start entry” on the bottom of the page.
    • When filling out the entry information, you will create a Project ID. You may name your project as you see fit, however, please include the category-specific abbreviation. For example, an entry in the Specialty Kitchen category would include SPK – Name of Entry.
    • Enter all the required information clicking “Save + Next” as you complete each tab. Please be sure to include any co-designers.
  4. Upload photos (up to 10 total).
    • The NKBA requests up to 10 high-resolution (300 dpi) color photos, approximately
      8” x 10”. Professional photography is highly recommended! Avoid using photos that identify the project location or individuals such as client, children or site workers.
  5. Design Statement
    • Must be typed and match standard formatting including a 200-to-400 word narrative and bulleted list of features and highlights.
    • Do not include any identifying designer and firm information.
  6. Drawings (construction, floorplans, elevations).
    • Scale MUST be 1⁄4”, 1⁄2” or 1:20 metric scale and cleanly labeled including dimensions.
    • Identifying designer and firm information must be removed/omitted.
  7. Client property release form (not seen by judges)
  8. Photography release form (not seen by judges)
  9. Business owner form (not seen by judges)
  10. Headshot & Bio (not seen by judges)
Design Statement Requirements

Please use this as a guide when preparing your design statement.

  • All design statements must be typed.
  • Do not include any identifying member information such as:
    • Client name
    • Client address
    • Business name
    • Business address
  • Statements should be 200-400 word statements that outline the client needs, objectives, design philosophy, challenges, solutions and special circumstances (think of the design statement you’d pitch to a magazine).
  • Objectives: Outlines criteria to be met by your design solution
    • Create casual dining for large family.
    • Update to contemporary tastes of clients.
    • Provide healing options for a sick family.
    •  Create multigenerational kitchen.
  • Design Challenges: Describe fixed elements or special circumstances
    • Design space around support posts, air ducts, plumbing, etc.
    • Include client’s sports souvenirs collection.
  • Design Solutions: Describe how you creatively solved the challenges, for example:
    • Used negative space between air ducts and created storage space.
  • Special Features: Highlight design elements that are unique or notable, for example:
    • Technology and voice activation.
    • Repurposed wood from the dance studio where client danced as a child.
  • To present your entry in the best way, please use the above guidelines to assist in creating a concise, effective design statement. This will help to ensure that the judges have a good understanding of your project. It can be written as a narrative, a  comprehensive bulleted list or a combination of both.
  • Any materials are omitted or if the required criteria is not met, the entry will be disqualified.  No notification will be given.  NKBA reserves the right to disqualify a project, pre, during and after the contest judging.  Entry fees will not be refunded.
  • You state you are an NKBA member and we find this to be false.
  • Your submission is not received by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 11, 2023.  Incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • You do not adhere to all competition guidelines, requirements and deadlines.
  • You do not submit all documentation in one digital submission.
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The Deadline to Submit Your Project is July 11th