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Peterson Prize: How to Participate

2020 Peterson Prize Poster


Teams or individual students of architecture (or related fields) with faculty sponsorship are eligible to compete in the Peterson Prize Competition.

Students resourceful enough and fortunate enough to have financial support from a State Historic Preservation Office, foundation, local historical society, or other similar source are eligible to compete; however, there are limitations on professionalism. First, measured drawings produced as mitigation for a project, which involves Federal government funds, and which will have an adverse impact on an historic structure, are not eligible. Second, students must be enrolled in a degree program when working on their Peterson Prize entry. Third, measured drawings produced by employees of the National Park Service, or as part of a National Park Service contract, are not eligible.


The site selected for documentation must be appropriate for inclusion in the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection. Drawings must be of a building, structure, or cultural landscape that has not been previously recorded by HABS, HAER, or HALS through measured drawings, or an addendum to an existing set of HABS, HAER, or HALS drawings that makes a new and substantial contribution to the understanding of the site. Applicants may contact the Peterson Prize Coordinator with any questions.

Drawing Regulations

Measured drawings submitted by participants must conform to HABS/HAER/HALS Guidelines and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines. Participants should also adhere to the Peterson Prize Rules and Recommendations. Participants are encouraged to consult the HABS/HAER/HALS online collection at the Library of Congress for examples of HABS, HAER, and HALS measured drawings.

Entry Instructions

The faculty sponsor must submit the Peterson Prize Entry Form (pdf) by the required deadline. The entry form must be received at least two weeks prior to the receipt of the completed drawings. Upon receipt of the entry form, project teams will be provided with the AutoCAD title block for CAD projects. Project teams utilizing hand drawing should contact the Peterson Prize Coordinator for instructions.

See the Submission Guidelines for specific instructions.


1 June 2022: Postmark deadline for submission of entry forms

30 June 2022: Postmark deadline for submission of completed entries

August 2022: Peterson Prize Jury

November 2022: Peterson Prize awards ceremony

Winter 2022: Information about the 2023 competition will be posted


For Further Information Contact:

Mark Schara, AIA
Peterson Prize Coordinator

Telephone: 202-354-2166