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Design and Build 2021 Mars Challenge

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Apply for Design and Build 2021 Mars Challenge. The events of 2020-21 mark an unprecedented time in our world. The need to think outside of the box and adapt to virtual environments has been absolute in these times. It hopes that this year’s challenge stretches imaginations and delivers creative solutions to this challenge. With the exploration of Mars being an active endeavor by NASA, and private space exploration companies, and with the goal to understand if human life can eventually occupy the planet, the need for human-based design solutions will become paramount at some point, possibly in our lifetime.

Design and Build Competition

After operating the Design and Build program for nearly 30 years in the Denver metro area, MOA has expanded Design and Build to include a national competition as part of the program. 2021 marks the third annual, national art, architecture & design competition. The goal of the competition is to cultivate potential from emerging artists, architecture and design students and to allow these creatives the space to conceptualize inventive ideas within a set of boundaries.

The competition garners an online repository of art, architecture and design concepts. The competition is based on an annual theme and/or challenge provided by MOA and cash prizes are awarded to the top four submissions, which includes an honorable mention prize. It is the goal to expand the national competition to allow for international entries in the future. The competition will focus on the USA national level through at least 2022 before taking the competition to an international audience.

Competition Abstract

The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) in Englewood, CO seeks conceptual design proposals for its Design and Build Competition from art, architecture, design, and other creatively focused USA-based collegiate students, teams, and/or classes. This year’s theme is “Out of This World” and submissions should address the challenge of designing a Monument for Mars. Contestants must design an installation, public art work, architecture, landscape architecture or another form of the monument for Mars.

The design should utilize architecture, landscape architecture and/or sculpture/installation as a solution while considering environmental impact and sustainability in use of materials. Contestant’s designs will need to respond with their conceptual project under the premise that humankind from Earth will one day occupy Mars and will require a monument designated for the achievement. Entries will be reviewed by the MOA Board of Trustees and Executive Staff.


MOA will award the top three entries with the following prize structure

  • 1st place: $5,000 + winning entry to be archived & featured on the competition website
  • 2nd place: $2,500 + winning entry to be archived & featured on competition website
  • 3rd place:$1,000 + winning entry to be archived & featured on the competition website

In addition, there will be an Honorable Mention prize of $500. Winning submissions will be placed on the MOA Design and Build Competition archive website.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The competition is open to any undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in any US university (recent graduates are eligible to enter for up to one-year post-graduation).
  • Students should be studying in the field of art, architecture, landscape architecture, design, engineering and/or other programs that focus on creativity.
  • Entries can be submitted by individuals, teams, or as classes.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline01 October,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerDesign and Build



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