designKC magazine is launching an annual competition to recognize outstanding projects and professionals in the home design industry in Kansas City. The awards process will honor projects completed since January 1, 2017 within the generalized boundaries of the KC metro.
Professional architects, designers, builders, remodelers, landscapers and artisans are invited to submit their work for review by our third-party jury. Materials used for the judging process and subsequent publication must be submitted in the online portal at mydesignkc.com in order to be considered. They include:
Custom Residence (a newly built, remodeled or redesigned home for a specific client)
Speculative Home (built as a model for the real estate market)
Interior Project (i.e. room addition, 1-3 rooms, kitchen, bath, basement)
Detached Structure (i.e. barn, pool house, in-law quarters)
Outdoor Space or Landscape
Multifamily Housing (i.e. luxury apartment, condo, townhome, mixed-use project)
Public Place or Commercial Space (i.e. hotel, restaurant, retail)
Design Detail (for artisans/fabricators of woodwork, metalwork, lighting, furniture, etc.)
A wide-ranging panel of design professionals will evaluate each project for excellence in design, aesthetics, creativity and functionality under a code of ethics. Photo quality and satisfactory solutions to the project challenges outlined in the written component will also be considered. The judges’ scores will be totalled and divided based on points available in each category. A predetermined threshold will determine whether a project is a finalist or winner in the category. The jury reserves the right to not award a winner in a category or award more than one winner or finalist per category, according to the scoring threshold. Entries are judged individually—not in competition with each other. Note: We do not share judges’ forms or comments.
Winners will have their work showcased in a standalone print edition of designKC magazine, on mydesignkc.com, and across designKC social media channels. Winners will also receive a custom award to be handed out at a ticketed awards gala in 2023, as well as an official designKC competition winner logo to use for self-promotion.