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Competition Rules

Rules and Regulations laid out in this section incorporate all terms and conditions of the Tiny Victories Design Competition. The Competition is presented and managed via the website. The Competition is open to all interested building design professionals with the following qualifications:

  • At least one participant on the team must a registered Architect.  Students or classes are encouraged to participate, but they must be sponsored by a registered Architect.
  • Finalists should be able to prepare construction documents, in a second phase, suitable for the City of Austin's, and Travis County's building and permit purposes.
  • The firm's professional partners, and immediate family members of competition jurors are ineligible. An employee of a juror is eligible to submit an entry if that entry is prepared without any assistance from the juror, including but not limited to, providing advice, materials, and facilities. (See Anonymity)

An entry can be submitted by an individual, a team, or a firm/studio.  Multiple entries may be submitted by any Competitor (See Registration).


Competitors are required to register for the competition prior to submitting their entries.  In order to complete registration, competitors must submit a registration fee of $25 USD. Registration will close at 5:00 pm CST (Central Standard Time) on Friday, October 31, 2014.  Registrations sent by mail must have a postmark date no later than October 31, 2014.

Registration fees can be paid online with a credit card. Checks may be sent by Registered Mail to the Competition address.  All payments are final; no refunds will be made to registered Competitors who do not submit an entry.

Upon completion of online registration and payment, competitors will receive a Registration Number. An email message will follow with registration confirmation, and the Competition Packet with additional information and detailed instructions. Please see Submission Requirements in the Competition Packet for those detailed instructions. In order to ensure fair evaluation of all entries, competitors may only submit digital files. 

Competitors may submit as many entries as they wish, but only one entry per registration will be accepted.  Competitors who wish to submit more than one entry must register separately by the registration deadline for each entry they intend to submit.

The Tiny Victories Competition staff will examine entries prior to jury review to determine whether each entry complies with the Competition Rules and Regulations and Submission Requirements. Community First! and AIA Austin reserve the right to disqualify entries that do not meet the foregoing requirements. Disqualified entries will not be viewed by the jury and will not receive a refund.


The competition is anonymous. Competitors are required to omit any identifying marks from their entries other than their Registration number. The jury will not receive any information regarding the authorship of any entries submitted. Competitors must not communicate with any jury member about the competition or their entries in any way prior to the official announcement of the winners. Any competitor or juror found in violation of this rule will be disqualified immediately. Jurors are required to excuse themselves from discussion or voting in the event that they can determine the identity of a competitor.


Submission of an entry shall constitute and signify a competitor's consent to the use of his/her name, address (city and state only), voice and/or photograph for commercial, advertising, and promotional purposes without further compensation.

In Stage 1, a block of finalists will be selected by a seated Jury on the basis of creativity, beauty, functionality, buildability, economy. The number of finalists will be determined by Community First!, AIA Austin and the Jury based on the number of total Entries received. Finalist designs will be offered for public display and compiled in a graphic publication.

In Stage 2, from the block of finalists, the jury will select three winners, which will be required to commit to continuing to develop their design through construction documents.  The sponsors intend to construct the winning design and expect the winning team to collaborate and contribute in the design-build process.



Any and all materials submitted as part of a competition entry, including but not limited to drawings, renderings, photographs, photocopies, and digital files, shall become the sole and exclusive property of the of Community First! Village and AIA Austin. All competitors grant to Community First! Village and AIA Austin a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive right to use, copy, distribute, translate, modify, display, and prepare derivative works of entries, as well as the right to authorize such uses by others, in any medium now known or hereafter devised, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, publication and exhibition of the competition. Community First! Village and AIA Austin will make reasonable efforts to credit competitors at all times.

Rights to build the house based on the design entries are retained by the entrant, except Community First! Village and AIA Austin shall have the right to further develop and construct submitted house designs.

By submitting an entry, competitors certify that the materials and ideas submitted to the competition are original and have not been previously published. Competitors additionally certify that neither their entry, nor the use thereof, violates, infringes, or otherwise conflicts with any copyright, trademark, or property right of any third party.

Competitors acknowledge that Community First! Village and AIA Austin and their sponsors may exhibit all competition entries in an online gallery, and a selection of competition entries may be chosen for physical exhibition through publication and/or public display following the announcement of the winners. Community First! Village and AIA Austin will make reasonable efforts to notify competitors of any public exhibition or display of entries through correspondence with the primary contact listed on the Entry Form.