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Piggybacking off the current fascination with space, we’re asking you to put Pine on the Moon with new No-Fee Student Architect Competition.  Introducing the 2018 Sustainable Design Versatility Awards (7ths Annual) brought to you by NELMA.


Project Development:

The year is 2035 and NASA is implementing the final phase of its human habitation of the moon program.  Wood, as the most sustainable and renewable construction material on the planet has been chosen as the primary element for use in the building construction and finishing within the dome(s).

Welcome to the team!

Explore the uses of wood as the primary building material for the lunar colony.  Specifically, you are tasked to design living/working spaces that leverage the attributes of Spruce-Pine-Fir for the structural elements and Eastern White Pine as the finishing applications.

Design Prompts:

  • How can you use wood to make earth’s migrants feel more at home?
  • What will lunar living look like and include?  Dormitories? Open spaces? Green Spaces?
  • Will there be shared structures?
  • How can space be maximized for efficiency?


  • First Prize: $1,500, interview for the White Pine Architectural Monographs, and mention in trade industry press releases
  • Second Prize: $750 and mention in press release

Submission Requirements:

  • Register for the competition at
  • Architectural renderings and images of your building (Concept art, floor plans, elevations, details, and sections as determined by the student).
  • Rendering submissions will consist of a (max) 3 digital files and should comply with the following requirements:
    • File Format: • (1) – A1 sized panel (84,1 cm x 59,4 cm), Landscape / Horizontal layout.
    • Last Name and File Number must be located in the upper right-hand corner of the submitted panels
    • Graphic layout includes text, drawings, and renderings to be determined by each student
    • File type / size / name: PDF with 5 Megabytes (maximum).
    • Recommended 300 dpi resolution.
    • Filename should only include Last Name and file number. For example JONES01.jpg
  • Entrants will also provide a 500-word (max) narrative that demonstrates your knowledge of wood as a sustainable building product, and designing with wood as the primary structural and finish materials for the building. File format: narrative should be provided as a separate PDF.

Competition Timeline:

Registration Opens: February 15, 2018

Submissions Due: August 25, 2018

Award Notification: September 5, 2018

Award Ceremony: September 20, 2018

Judging Criteria:

10% – Understanding of Biophilic nature of wood

10% – Sustainability features in addition to the use of wood

20%  – Demonstrated knowledge of the grades of lumber

30%  – Maximal use of wood as the primary building material

30%  – Creativity and Imagination

Questions?  Email