Vectorworks, Inc. Announces Third Annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship

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Design Students Worldwide Can Win Up to $10,000 USD

We established this program three years ago to reward talented students and to support their academic endeavors in the classroom and beyond so that they can kick-start their careers.

As part of Vectorworks’ commitment to education and the future of creatives, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces the third annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship. Beginning today, current students and recent graduates from across design disciplines are invited to enter for the chance to win up to $10,000 USD. During this year’s competition, Vectorworks has expanded the duration of its submission period to accommodate varying academic schedules worldwide, while also allowing students the opportunity to submit multiple projects. Submissions are due July 15, 2017.

“We greatly value the unique experiences and backgrounds of the next generation of designers,” said Alice Lowy, marketing director at Vectorworks. “With this in mind, we established this program three years ago to reward talented students and to support their academic endeavors in the classroom and beyond so that they can kick-start their careers.”

To apply, students must submit their best individual or group project and answer three questions in 150 words or less each. Eligible students must be enrolled in an accredited design program and registered for six or more credits or have graduated during the 2015 or 2016 school term. A notable panel of judges will evaluate submissions based on design integrity, originality, the effective use of computer technology and communication of design vision. Winners will be revealed on Friday, August 18, 2017.

The Vectorworks Design Scholarship program includes two rounds of judging. First round winners selected from regions around the world receive $3,000 USD and the opportunity to compete for the grand prize Richard Diehl Award worth an additional $7,000 USD. Furthermore, winners’ schools will receive free Vectorworks® design software and complimentary training for faculty and students.

Scholarship awards may be applied toward educational fees and purposes such as tuition, housing, textbooks, studying abroad and conference fees, to name a few.

The 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship received more than 2,000 entries and awarded 15 scholarships to individuals across the architecture, landscape and entertainment design fields in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Benno Schmitz from the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin won the Richard Diehl Award for his project, The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bonn. In 2014, the program awarded scholarships to 15 students from eight different countries, including University of Pennsylvania landscape architecture student Diego Bermudez, who was the grand prize winner. To date, Vectorworks has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarship funds.

To apply to the Vectorworks Design Scholarship or to learn more, visit

About Vectorworks, Inc. 
Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at  


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