DATE AND FEES
What is the cost of entry?
A: Entry cost varies depending on the date you make your registration, the category and the candidate status (professional or student), the number of projects or products submitted and the number of categories in which the project or product is submitted.
View entry pricing here
Is there a student entry fee?
A: We offer a student-friendly entry fee to apply in many categories opened to students of post-secondary level enrolled in a contest-related discipline program.
Rates are set in which currency?
A: Rates are listed in American dollars (USD) for international participants and in Canadian dollars (CAD) for Canadian residents.
May I cancel or postpone my entry? Will I be refunded?
A: You may cancel your entry by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, postponement to a later edition is not an option and no refunds will be issued under no circumstances.
What are the deadlines?
A: See entry deadline calendar and pricing scale here.
Must my entry be completed prior to the deadline date for the reduced rate to apply?
A: No. You simply need to process the payment prior to the reduced rate deadline date. You will have until the end of submissions to package your files and complete your entry.
May I ask for extra time to complete my entry?
A: Entries are sent over to jury members once the entry deadline has passed. No extension will therefore be granted for incomplete entries.
PROJECT OR PRODUCT
Can I submit multiple projects/products in one same registration?
A: Yes. The portal permits multiple entries of projects or products in one same registration and without limitation.
Can I submit a project/product to a Special Award category only?
A: No. A project/product must be submitted in a standard category to be eligible for entry in a Special Award category.
Can I enter a project/product I submitted last year again this year?
A: Yes. If the project or product is always admissible to other conditions, you may submit it again. We encourage you to add updated data when available.
Can I submit my project/product again this year if it was awarded a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN last year?
A: Yes. If your project or product has been modified since winning, it is again admissible to the contest.
Can I submit a project/product that has already been awarded by another contest?
A: Yes. You can submit projects/products that have been entered and/or awarded by other contests.
Can I submit a project/product even though it is already online on my Website or must it be an exclusivity?
A: You may submit a project or product already online. Our admission conditions do not limit you to submit in regard to its visibility status. You may submit projects or products showcased, showed online, printed, or published on any type of support.
Must my project/product be designed or made in Canada to be eligible?
A: No. Our contest is open to projects and products designed and made anywhere around the World.
What kind of projects/products can be submitted to the contest?
A: All type of architecture, interior design, construction, real estate development, urban design, landscape architecture, industrial design, product design and brand design can be submitted to the contest.
Must my project/product be realized to be eligible?
A: Yes. Entries must be projects that are completed or in process and products that are available on the market, except for entries to Concept Presentation categories.
Is there a deadline date on the completion of projects/products to be eligible to the contest?
A: Projects must have been completed in the past three (3) years, or five (5) years in regard to urban design, landscape architecture and landscaping projects to be eligible.
Is a client discharge approval mandatory to submit a project or product?
A: Client approval is generally recommended when entering a professional competition. In most cases, small customers will be thrilled to receive an award. As per larger institutions, bigger brands and multinationals, certain bureaucratic processes could limit your participation. We therefore recommend notifying customers. In our experience, several large customers will not only encourage designers to participate, they will also cover the registration fees. A rewarded project/product gives interesting visibility to both the customer and designer. In summary, seeking client approval is recommended, yet not required. It is however imperative that, in the event of the project/product being awarded, the designers have had publication rights released.
How may I register?
Entries must be submitted online. Click here to register.
What are the steps to submitting an entry?
- Create your free account: Click on My account in the top right corner of the site;
- Log in with your email and password, and you will be directed to your Dashboard;
- Choose Enter a contest;
- Click on Participate in the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards banner;
- Fill out the required information about your firm;
- Choose the discipline in which you want to register your project or product!
- Fill in the required information about your project/product and choose the category(ies) you are interested in;
- Proceed to payment;
- Deposit your Digital media: photos, texts and additional documentation;
- Validate your information and Good Luck!
What data and documents will I need to submit upon registration?
A: Here is a list of what you will need to provide:
- Firm, designer, or student contact info (required)
- Project/product name (required)
- Name of the firm(s) to be included on the certificate or trophy if your project is a winner (required)
- If your project is a consortium: name and website of each firm involved (required)
- Name, Website and category of professionals who collaborated on the project/product (optional)
- Project client name; product manufacturer or student school
- Project: Client name and address (optional)
- Product: Manufacturer contact info (optional)
- Student: School name (required)
- Category(ies) (required)
- Photos and bio of the designer(s) (required)
- Up to 10 high-resolution images of the project/product (minimum 300dpi, JPEG) including photo credits (required)
- Additional information for the jury (optional)
- Any other document deemed relevant (multipage PDF, computer-generated image, video, virtual tour) Video: 300 MB max: mov, mp4, mpg, or flv file) (optional)
- Project/product descriptions, one for your promotion and one (different if desired) for the juries, 1,500 characters including spaces in French and English (required)
How will I know if my entry is duly completed and how may I remedy if it is not?
You may check the state of your registration at any moment by logging in to our members section with your username and password and by choosing “My projects”. NOTE: An entry left incomplete upon registration closing date (missing texts, images, or other required documents improperly uploaded), your project or product will not get proper judgement by our jury. Although we will try our best to communicate with you in case of an incomplete application, we are not held responsible for incomplete entries. No refund will be granted for incomplete applications once the registration period closed.
Must I pay registration fees to have access to uploading my entry data (texts and photos)?
Yes, registration fees must be paid to gain access to the platform to deposit or update your documentation at any moment, prior to registration closing date.
I am having problems connecting to the Website. What should I try?
This usually occurs when an error was made in your password or with the email address provided when registering on the INT.design portal. Try resetting the password first. (https://int.design/en/login/). If you are unable to reset your password, or have forgotten your email address, you may contact our support team at email@example.com. In rare cases, the issue can happen because the database or Web server is down or overloaded. In these cases, wait ten minutes and try again.
May I start submitting an entry and finish it later?
Yes, you may start submitting an entry, save and come back to it later. To access your ongoing applications, log into your account and find the “My projects” menu on the left. All information provided (texts and photos) may be changed at any moment prior to registration closing date.
How can I change the credits for design team or project name?
Log into your account and find the “My projects” menu on the left. All information provided (texts and photos) may be changed at any moment prior to registration closing date.
Can I modify my main email address?
Certainly. Go to the “my account” link at the top right corner of the page and find the “My account” menu in the dashboard, where you will be able to modify your email.
Can I submit an entry by print and mail?
No, only online digital entries made through our online registration portal are accepted.
Can I submit an entry by email?
No, only online digital entries made through our online registration portal are accepted.
What will happen once my entry is submitted?
Once your entry is submitted, you will see a confirmation page appear on screen that details your registration info. You will also receive a confirmation email within the first 24 hours. If such an email is not received, please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep an eye on our Website’s GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN contest section for contest updates and news.
Must I send a physical sample of my product or organize a project visit to be eligible?
No. Physical samples are not required, and project visits will not occur. All entries are evaluated online by our International Jury and deliberation is based solely on the digital files provided.
IMAGES, TEXTS AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION
How many images can I submit per project/product?
A maximum of 10 images can be submitted per entry. A cover image is mandatory. It will be used as the main image to represent your project in all communication outlets. Choose your “money shot” … the shot most representative of your project’s excellence.
What are the specifications of the images and documents to be submitted?
- Images – jpg format with a resolution of 300 dpi or more. 1 to 2 photos, among the 10, must have a minimum width of 12 inches in 300 dpi and represent your project well. They will be used for publication in the magazine INTÉRIEURS if your project is a winner.
- Please note that images must not contain the name or logo of the designer, architect, company, client, or manufacturer. An exception will only be made for branding and packaging design categories in which the display of names or logos is an integral part of the design.
- Videos – Videos are best shared via a Web link (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo), but we accept direct downloads direct in .mov, .mp4 or .mpg format with a file size less than 1 GB.
- Project description – 1,000 characters spaces included, describing among other things: the objectives and the way in which they were achieved, the design challenges, technological and / or material innovations, the social and environmental impact and for the products: dimensions, materials, manufacturing techniques, manufacturing process. Please refer to the judging criteria in order to create a powerful description of the project.
Can I submit a TIFF file?
For main and optional images, files must be converted to compressed JPG images before they can be submitted. Try to optimize (export) your jpg file so that it ends up reaching about 20 MB of file at most. Files can be converted to jpg using any photo editing software easily.
Can a multi-image collage count as one (1) image?
Photo collages are not allowed. If your project were to win the honors, the ten (10) images provided to represent your project will be used for publishing in our various communication media outlets. You can however submit a multipage pdf as an optional additional document in which a photo collage is admissible.
Can my entry showcase images and texts merged into one same graphically designed document?
Images and texts must be uploaded and presented separately. That being said, a multipage pdf merging images and texts, presented as an optional complementary document, is an admissible optional document.
Must I deliver Copyright Images?
Yes, and we require you deliver appropriate photo credits for all issued material.
Will I be compensated for the use of my images?
There is no monetary compensation for the use of your images. Make sure you have the full copyright prior to entering and sharing your images with us.
Must I compose my own project description or is there a fill-the-blanks form I can use?
There is no fill-the-blanks form you may use for your project description. Your text must be composed directly on the Web portal and respect the 1,000 word-count limit. Your project description should include information that describes among other things: the objectives and the way in which they were achieved, the design challenges, technological and / or material innovations, the social and environmental impact and for the products: dimensions, materials, manufacturing techniques, manufacturing process. Please refer to the judging criteria in order to create a powerful description of the project.
Can I fill my entry in the language of my choice?
Competition communications are always in both of Canada’s official languages, English and French, and entries will be reviewed by an international jury. The texts of your project (for the web and for the Jury) must therefore be provided in both English and French.
If you are not comfortable with one of the two languages, you can use a mechanical translation available for free on the Web (e.g. deepl.com // translate.google.com // reverso.net …). Should this not be possible for you, as both the English and French text boxes are required fields, you will need to enter your English text twice.
Texts that are not provided in both languages (French and English) can be mechanically translated into the missing language by the organizer. They cannot be held responsible for errors or mistranslations.
Are referral letters required?
No. Referral letters are not required.
Should I submit plans or just photographs and renderings?
It depends! We recommend that you submit as many documents as necessary to fully explain your work. Each project and product is different. Any form of downloadable documentation is eligible. We encourage you to think carefully about the documents you should submit. For example, if you are entered in architectural categories, it is mandatory to include a plan of your project in order for jury members to grasp the scale and scope of the project as a whole.
What are the contest categories?
Click here to see all categories.
May I submit more than one project or product in a same category, or still, may I submit a same project in many categories?
Yes! There are no limits to the number of categories in which a project may be entered, and it is possible to win more than once. The more you apply to eligible categories, the more chances you have of walking away with an award! Rebates are given for additional entries. See pricing here.
May I submit an entry in a special award category only without applying to any standard category?
No. A project or product must be entered in a standard category to be eligible for a special award.
Who can submit to the contest?
The GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award is an international contest, headquartered in Québec. The contest is open to local and international candidates. The contest is catered to design and architecture professionals and students as well as promoters, contractors, manufacturers, and clients having worked with them for the conception of their project or product in many fields relating to interior design, landscape, and product.
Is the contest open to companies which do not have a Québec registered business address?
Yes. Entries to the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards contest is open to all participants of Québec and abroad.
What happens if my project was conceived in collaboration with another agency or company?
No problem! Simply add all credits to the registration form when answering the following question: “Was your project done in collaboration or consortium?”.
Is there a limitation on the number of people that can be credited as the design team?
No. You may credit as many collaborators as you wish by dutifully filling out the form.
How are entries reviewed?
Entries are evaluated by an expert jury of design luminaries. Experienced international designers, architects, professors, entrepreneurs, and media will use their know-how, experience, specialization, and technical knowledge to judge and evaluate the excellence of the products and projects assigned to them randomly to ensure an impartial and fair judgement.
The judging process will occur online and is based on a point system (1-100), judging a series of criteria that are constantly updated and adapted to current professional standards and practices. Each project or product will be judged on its own attributes.
What criteria are the jury members looking at and evaluating?
See the judging criteria.
Is judging anonymous?
Today’s Web makes it way easy to find, in a google search and a click, who’s behind any given project. Anonymity may therefore not be guaranteed. The submitting firm’s identity will hence be shared with jury members.
May I retrieve the jury’s comments and grade of my project or product?
The large number of entries restrains us from transmitting jury comments and notes to participants. As per winning entries featured in the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award special edition of INTÉRIEURS magazine, a selection of jury comments will be included in the content.
Who are the jury members?
Our international list of jury members is comprised of appraised architecture and interior design professionals, real-estate promoters, technology, and manufacturing industry leaders, as well as prominent journalists, academics, artists, and renowned free-thinkers of apparent industries.
See our list of jury members here.
How must I pay for my entry registration?
Payment must go through our online payment system and paid through credit card. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.
Where may I download my receipt?
Sign in and access your client account. Click on “Download my registration”. It contains the amount paid and our TPS/TVQ (tax if applicable) numbers. The registration acts as your receipt.
FINALISTS & WINNERS
When and how will award finalists and winners be announced?
Gold, Silver, Bronze winners will be announced to the media, online and in social media in April 2021. Gold winners will be the shortlisted finalists for the Platinum winners as well as the Grands Prix and Awards of the Year.
Platinum, Grands Prix Québec, and International Award winners as well as Award of the Year nominees will be announced live at gala evenings organized in Montréal in June 2021 and in Québec City in September 2021.
Press releases will be sent to major design, architecture, built environment, marketing, communication, packaging publications around the world. Winners are also free to market their award to local or trade press of their choice.
How will I know if my project has won?
The winners will be announced through our newsletter, on our Website and in social media. As for the platinum winners, GRANDS PRIX Québec and International Award winners and the Award of the Year nominees, they will be announced live, during our gala evenings.
What do winners receive?
See our Award Accolades here. GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN winners will see their designs presented to the world and will be granted a certificate, honorary plaque (Platinum Award winners) and a trophy (Grands Prix Award winners and Award of the Year nominees). They will benefit from an extensive press publicity program all year in addition to a press campaign aimed at hundreds of thousands of design professionals, press reps and potential clients worldwide. See benefits here.
In the occurrence of a win, may I purchase other honorary plaques or trophies to offer to team members or clients, for instance?
Yes, absolutely! To spread the good news and promote your success, you may order additional certificates, honorary plaques, or trophies by simply communicating with us.
Will all entries be published?
Yes, all projects and products submitted will be published in the GET INSPIRED section of INT.design’s Website. All Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Grand Prix Awards winners as well as Awards of the Year Nominees will be published in the Winner section of the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN. Grands Prix Award Winners and Award of the Year Nominees will be published in the special editions of INTÉRIEURS magazine.
How many applicants win awards?
See our Award Attribution here to see how many potential awards may be attributed.
Which firms have previously won awards?
Over the past 13 years, the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards have prized some of the industry’s most prominent projects. Discover previous winners here.
Some data written on my trophy or honorary plaque is incorrect. How can this be fixed?
Inscriptions on trophies and plaques are used by copying answers given to questions: “Name of the project” and we use the name of the designer(s) as indicated in the question, “Name of the firm(s) to be inscribed on the certificate or trophy if your project is a winner”. Ensure the accuracy of the information provided when completing your registration. If these concur with the data inscribed, you may order a new trophy or plaque at your expense with the modified name you choose. If the error was made by us when copying the given date differently than provided, we will replace your trophy or honorary plaque at no cost.
Will there be an Awards Gala ceremony?
Yes. Two Gala evenings will be held, one in Montréal and one in Québec City. Winners not attending the evenings will be notified following the awards ceremony.
How do I get an official invitation letter to the gala evening?
Participants can request an official letter of invitation by email at email@example.com
Will I receive a free invitation to the evening if my project were to win?
No. The cost of the gala evening is not included in the registration fees and winners will not receive a free invitation to the gala evening.
Do you pay for expenses incurred to attend the gala? (flight, train, taxi, uber, hotel, accommodation, food, etc.)?
No. We do not pay any expenses related to your attendance at the awards ceremony. All expenses related to your attendance at the gala evening (transportation costs: plane, train, taxi, uber; accommodation, food, entertainment, etc.) are the responsibility of the participants.
Where may I purchase gala tickets?
Tickets will be for sale here, as of February 2021.
What is the cost of a gala ticket?
Please see the rates here
What is the gala’s dress code?
The suggested outfit goes from casual or evening wear (Cocktail) to Montreal Chic! style.
In what language will the gala be broadcast? Will there be a simultaneous translation service?
Since the ceremonies are held in Quebec, the speeches will be made mainly in French with the integration of English. We do not offer simultaneous translation services. However, we could help you communicate with a translator if you would like a personalized translation.
What is the newsletter?
The newsletter is your source for all information about the contest. It is sent out every two weeks during the award and judging periods. When creating your account, we recommend that you subscribe to the newsletter so that you do not miss the announcement of the winners and important information about the contest and the award ceremony.
Can I purchase the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN AWARD contact list of candidates and award winners?
No. We do not lease or sell our lists of candidates and/or winners.
Why should I submit to the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards?
Every year, the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN receives entries from designers, architects, and prestigious agencies. By participating, you directly support the competition’s efforts to showcase the immense talent of the design and architecture community and its role in raising design standards and promoting the value and understanding of professional design to the community.
Each project and product is carefully evaluated by an international Jury of esteemed industry experts. This puts your work directly in front of some of the industry’s most talented creators. Winners are not only seen as frontline innovators, they receive an award certificate, plate, or trophy.
The competition also creates opportunities for international recognition, advertising, promotional and public relations opportunities for all winners. The laureates can enjoy extensive and intensive coverage, prestige, and credibility. They will find opportunities to be published, reach new markets, and connect with a wide range of clients. See the Benefits section here
What is the contest’s reputation and why is so prestigious and renowned?
Prestigious and respected, the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards has been, since its beginnings, a design reference, and a stamp of excellence!
Created in 2007 in Montréal, a UNESCO City of Design, with the mission of recognizing the excellence of Québec designers and architects who have distinguished themselves through exemplary practice, the competition was originally open exclusively to ﬁrms and professionals with a place of business in Québec. Starting in 2020! In addition to opening up to new disciplines, the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards is now a worldwide competition. Participants from all over the world are welcome to enter in all categories.
Leading professionals, prominent academics, and influential press members comprise the distinguished GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards International Jury!
The competition generates international recognition as well as promotion, press coverage and public relations opportunities for its laureates. Winners will enjoy extensive coverage, prestige, and brand credibility. They will find opportunities to be published, reach new markets, and connect with a wide range of clients.
What are the economic benefits of winning a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN award?
Joining the competition is a great investment for design offices, studios and independent designers and architects. Winning a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award has many secondary benefits, the most visible of which is the extensive public relations campaign provided free of charge to all winners. The registration fees paid become little when compared to the advertising value that the company will obtain if awarded a GRANDS PRIX. Designers, design studios and firms generally consider participating in professional competitions of the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN’s caliber as an investment in their brand.
Can my company become a GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards partner?
Interested in becoming a partner in one of the most prestigious Awards of Excellence competitions celebrating the international design community? Partnership options include presenting a category, offering merch products at our Gala evenings, sponsorship activations and more! To learn more about become a partner, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 450-651-3630.
Who is the contest’s promoter and what is the company history?
Who must I contact for further questions?
For admissibility questions, technical or entry form inquiries, contact Mariève-Patricia Langevin, email@example.com.