WHY DESIGN ContestWhat’s your design why? Maybe it’s a cause you care about like social justice or sustainability.  Maybe it’s frustration with the sanitized, cookie cutter nature of our developer-driven world.  Maybe it’s a desire to help people feel and act their best. How does it motivate you as an architect and how it has impacted the way you practice? Share that essential inspiration – write a brief essay on your design why and enter it in  The Patron Saint of Architecture’s #MyDesignWhy Essay Contest. The winning essay will be published and the author will receive a complimentary Quickie Coaching session and autographed copy of the Career Crisis book.

To enter, send your story to me at angela@thepatronsaintofarchitecture.com as a Word or Pages attachment (1,200 words, maximum). Entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST on July 15, 2016 By entering, Entrant warrants that his or her entry (1) is original and does not infringe the intellectual-property rights of any third party, (2) has not been published in any medium.

Judging: All entries will be judged based on the following criteria: originality (25 percent), creativity (25 percent), use of language (25 percent), and appropriateness to contest theme (25 percent). All submitted essays must be nonfiction. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions are final and binding. Winner will be notified by e-mail after August 1, 2016. The winning essay will b published as part of the Why Design Novena.

Conditions of Participation: By entering, Entrant represents that any essay, etc., and other materials submitted as part of Entrant’s contest entry are the original work of Entrant and not copied from any other source and will not constitute defamation or an invasion of privacy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third party, and that the Entrant owns or has the rights to convey any and all right and title in such essay. In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to The Patron Saint of Architecture a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, and republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted essay, along with Entrant’s name, likeness, statements, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional, or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice, or compensation (except where prohibited by law). The Entrant further agrees to make editorial changes at the request of The Patron Saint of Architecture to improve clarity.