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The CAD/Design/Drafting Competition is a contest designed for Senior High School and College level students. The contest provides recognition to students for creative design, successful problem solving and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings.

Local Industry Judges evaluate the entries for detail, accuracy and originality of work. Objectives of the contest are to introduce the student to the construction industry in a positive and challenging manner, while fostering a sense of self-worth and building confidence.

Mentoring programs between students and educators are also encouraged. Each local sponsor is furnished with a “Design Problem” that is designed by a licensed Architect or Engineer and is generic enough to meet the needs of all areas of the US and our international affiliates.

Project drawings must include a minimum of:

  • a floor plan
  • exterior elevation
  • site plan and placement of structure

Chapter 1st place winner submission gets entered into the Southeast Regional Competition with 1st Place Winner moving onto the National competition.

The Greater Orlando Chapter has been sponsoring this competition since 1999 throughout high schools in the Central Florida area.

2017-2018 Design Drafting National Competition Guidelines


Congratulations to the 2017 Winners

from left:  Committee Chair Liane Fongyee with Turner Construction, 1st Place Winner Wade Gannaway (Mt. Dora High School);  2nd Place Cypress Gore (Mt. Dora High School), 3rd Place Jason Abel (Mt. Dora High School) and Co-Chair Monarcha Marcet with Adventures In Building.

The design problem consisted of a new free-standing building that would be home to a dental clinic for Dr. R. Canal and Dr. X. Ray. The students were provided a Site Plan and specific program requirements. The client is counting on the student’s creativity to provide them with a functional and eye appealing design as well as a professional set of working drawings.

Participants were evaluated on the following:

  • Line Weights
  • Orientation and Accuracy
  • Lettering
  • Creativity
  • Completeness

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