Originality & Creativity, Napkin Sketch, Written Communication, and Disciplinary Positioning seem vague for judging criteria. Can you be more specific?
Gladly. When our attorneys pressed us for more details in the official rules, this is how our judges clarified the criteria. Hopefully you find the following breakdown helpful:
- Originality & Creativity (25%, the described change should be original and non-obvious to professional landscape architects);
- Napkin Sketch (25%, the hand drawn napkin sketch should be a brief, compelling representation of the idea)
- Written Communication (25%, the use of language should be clear and concise. The professionally written narrative should be appropriate for public display)
- Disciplinary Positioning (25%, the change described in an entry should help elevate the perception of Landscape Architecture as a discipline that catalyzes positive change).
I'm submitting an unbelievably great idea. Who's going to own this thing once I click "submit"?
You do. Ownership of all the submitted materials and IP associated with them remains with the entrant. The only catch is that by submitting the entry, you do grant Anova Furnishings a perpetual license to use the submitted materials for promoting the company. The details are in the Official Rules. We’re doing this to accelerate individual careers in Landscape Architecture; there’s a separate department for new product development. If you have more concerns about this, shoot us an email using the form above.
Why are you awarding 21 grants? That's an odd number.
At Anova, we think Landscape Architecture has the potential to dramatically shift our society in a positive direction. Accelerating that impact requires bold moves and one, two or three awards doesn’t get the job done. We also are excited by the diverse nature of practicing landscape architects, but it’s hard to appreciate the diversity of a population when you pick a very narrow cross section with a couple awards. It’s our hope that by expanding the number of recipients to 21, the inherent diversity of landscape architecture is realized. Lastly, “even” just hasn’t treated us well at roulette.
Why do you care where I work?
We care about keeping the competition fair. Our judges love the people they work with, and happily admit to being intrinsically biased towards their co-workers. To level the field, if you work where any of our judges work, they won’t see your entry. It’ll be scored by the remaining two and the results will be normalized to be on level footing with all the entries getting judged by all the panelists. We will not pester you at work as a result of entering this competition.
Is this some kind of marketing trap where I’ll be subjected to Anova spam for all eternity?
First off, our spam is tastier than all the rest, but more importantly – No. We will not use any of the information submitted to this competition for marketing purposes. If you get to know us through this competition and want to get on board, you’ll need to subscribe at our main website. If you happen to start receiving Anova marketing materials on or about the same time it’s because our marketing team sussed out another brilliant Landscape Architect desperately in need of great site furnishing options.
I have tons of great ideas. How many times can I enter?
Once. We’re only going to review one entry per participant. Much of this competition is about focus and clarity. Take a moment and get your mind right. Let your one best entry percolate to the surface and send it our way.
Dang it! I thought I had my Zen on, but I woke up this morning with a better idea. What do I do?
No problem. Just submit your new idea. We’ll disregard any prior entry. The judges will only review your most recent entry submitted closest to the deadline.
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