Open Call for Entries

The second installation of the Center for Architecture's inaugural exhibition will showcase recent and proposed public projects in New York City, offering a comprehensive view of the scope and quality of current public work. The exhibition will present architecture, engineering, art, landscape architecture, urban design, lighting design and street furniture. A non-juried show, Going Public will offer a snapshot of where we are at this moment—and where we are headed. Exhibition opening October 10th during Architecture Week 2006, (October 6–October 12).

Exhibition on view through December 30

Eligible Projects—What is Public Work?

Going Public defines public work as projects commissioned by government agencies, non-profit organizations, private institutions and developers which engage the public by use or function, and are visible and accessible to all. Interiors and public art meeting the above definition are also eligible.

Projects must be located within the five boroughs of New York City and either are completed (after January 1, 2005) or currently in design and construction.

Who Can Enter?

Entrant must be an architect, artist, engineer, landscape architect, urban designer, lighting designer, planner or designer.

Registration Forms and Fees

Entrants must register online (click here to register). The submission process includes a $25 registration fee made payable to AIA New York Chapter through Acteva, our online payment service. One complete registration and fee must be submitted for each project. All payments are final and no refunds will be granted.

Submission Requirements

One 11×17 inch board mounted on ¼-inch black gatorboard for each project. Boards must be horizontally oriented with no graphic borders. Images should be full bleed. Information on the front of the presentation boards must include project identification by name, location and client as well as the project team (e.g. architect, engineer, consultants, contractors, etc.) (Click here for a template—entrants must complete all relevant information).

NOTE: submissions of work completed as an employee of or as a consultant to a firm must include a release from a principal in the firm concerned acknowledging that the submitter has primary design responsibility, and that the credits listed are correct. Each entrant must clear all elements of each submission for reuse, unrestricted publicity, and reproduction by the AIA New York Chapter. Release forms signed by the owners and copyright holders of the material will be required as a part of the submission. Copyright notices, if any, will be used on material that the AIA New York Chapter publishes or distributes. Entrants are responsible for any royalties or copyright/photographic fees. Submission of a project shall constitute permission by the submitter for publication.

As part of the online registration submitters are required to upload a PDF format digital file of their board (not exceeding 4 MB). The PDF should include complete credits, suitable for projection and use on the AIA New York Chapter website. Please submit a high resolution digital file of the board on disk with the hardcopy board and a printout of your online registration and signed release forms.

Models will not be accepted and work will not be returned to the submitter. If you have specific questions, please call Rosamond Fletcher at 212-358-6138 or email

Submission Process and Deadlines

Work must be submitted to the Center for Architecture and the online site (click here to submit) by Friday, September 29th at noon. This is not a postmark deadline. Hand deliveries can only be made between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Mail or deliver entries to:

Going Public
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

Frequently Asked Questions

Can multiple boards on the same project be submitted? For example the architect submits and the interior designer submits.
No, one board per project. All team members should be listed on the board.

Is there a release that the owners/clients will need to fill out for their projects to be displayed?
A release from owner/clients is not required by the AIA New York Chapter—However, submitters may want, or need a sign off from owners/clients for their own records. The AIA NY Chapter does require a release form for 1) submissions of work done as an employee of or as a consultant to a firm and 2) reproduction and publicity of submission. (click here to complete your registration and download release forms)

Are temporary projects eligible?
Yes, according to the above mentioned requirements.

Are lighting designers eligible to submit work?
A lighting designer doing a public project is eligible. But the designer cannot submit separately if they are part of a team.

Are theoretical projects eligible?
No, only work that has been commissioned is accepted.