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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 must be enrolled in a degree program when working on their Peterson Prize entry. Students may receive financial support for their project from a State Historic Preservation Office, foundation, local historical society, or other similar source.

The following types of projects are not eligible for the Peterson Prize Competition:

  • Mitigation documentation for a project that involves Federal government funds and that will have an adverse impact on an historic structure.
  • Projects that are directly funded by a National Park Service-administered grant, contract, or cooperative agreement.
  • Measured drawings produced by National Park Service employees.


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 2023: Postmark deadline for submission of entry forms

30 June 2023: Postmark deadline for submission of completed entries

August 2023: Peterson Prize Jury

November 2023: Peterson Prize awards ceremony

Winter 2023: Information about the 2024 competition will be posted


For Further Information Contact:

Mark Schara, AIA
Peterson Prize Coordinator

Telephone: 202-354-2166