Design Drafting Competition


Get a head start on designing your career.

The Design Drafting Competition challenges high school and college students to demonstrate creative designs, craftsmanship, and successful problem-solving skills through preparation of architectural drawings. This free program introduces students to the construction industry in a positive and challenging manner, while fostering a sense of self-worth and building confidence. Throughout the process, mentoring programs between students and educators are encouraged.

Local winners are recognized at the annual NAWIC Orange County awards dinner where they receive cash prizes. They may also go on to compete at the regional and national level, where they are eligible for additional monetary prizes.


Who Should Participate: The competition is open to all Orange County high school students, grades 9-12.

Application/Submission Deadline: Application forms are due in December and completed projects are due in March.

Cost: Free to participants.  

What to Expect:

Participants address a design problem created by a licensed architect or engineer. Project drawings must include a minimum of a floor plan, exterior elevation and site plan, and placement of structure. Entries are evaluated for detail, accuracy, and originality of work. Students are encouraged to do individual research related to the design project.

In conjunction with the competition, students and teachers may be invited to an educational and entertaining field trip which may include a construction job site visit, tour of a LEED Platinum building, or demonstration of innovative drafting software presented by industry professionals.