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Since 1992, PAVE Global's mission has been to mentor, inspire, and connect student designers to the extraordinary professional world of creating and designing consumer environments. 

​To celebrate its 30th anniversary, PAVE has developed an all-new award to recognize and honor emerging student visionaries who are expected to revolutionize the industry with their innovative ideas and designs, making a positive impact on the world.



All submissions will be judged blindly by a panel of industry professionals. Three students will be selected to receive the following:

  • $7,500 cash prize
  • An invitation to attend the 2023 PAVE Gala to network with Industry Professionals and be honored for this award. Travel, hotel, and per diem will be covered.
  • $1,000 to the student's school/department or educator for travel to attend the 2023 PAVE Gala (to be determined by the school or department)


  • Student must be enrolled in a 2 to 4-year undergraduate or graduate program working toward a degree in design, architecture, or visual merchandising with an interest in pursuing a career creating and designing consumer environments.​
  • Student must be a full-time student, enrolled in at least 12 credit hours or equivalent.​
  • Student must be located and studying within North America.

If you are unsure if you are eligible to participate, please contact us at info@paveglobal.org.

Students will prepare and submit (3) 11"x 17" boards containing their own pre-existing, relevant, design work following the outlined process and criteria.

STEP 1 - Pick one of your projects that embodies one of the following sub-topics:

  • Human and Community Connection
  • Sustainability
  • Cultural Awareness/DEI
  • Universal Design
  • Educational Innovations

If you are unsure if your project falls under one of the above sub-topics, please contact us atinfo@paveglobal.organd we'd be happy to provide guidance.

STEP 2 - Create (3) 11” x 17” boards per the following criteria:

Board 1: 

  • ​Design/project title
  • Project imagery: graphic elements of the selected project
  • Project Inquiry: Which sub-topic was addressed and how? Why are you interested in this topic?

Board 2: 

  • Design/project title
  • Project imagery: graphic elements of the selected project
  • Project Inquiry: Why are you interested in this topic? Did you learn anything unexpected during the process?

Board 3: 

  • Design/project title
  • Project imagery: graphic elements of the selected project
  • Project Inquiry: Do you think you accomplished your goals and how?

STEP 3 - Submit your entry by Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. by 11:59 PM ET/8:59 PM PT.

  • Reminder: Double-check your entry materials against the submission requirements before submitting your entry through Submittable.



  • PAVE utilizes a blind judging system, the student's name and/or school may not appear anywhere on the (3) project boards.
  • Boards should be submitted as PDFs in 11x17 landscape (horizontal) format. 
  • Must include a complete copy of your current transcript (official or unofficial).**
  • All submissions and supporting documents must be submitted through the Submittable platform.
  • All applications must be received by Friday, November 3, 2023, by 11:59 PM ET/8:59 PM PT to be considered.

 ** Transcripts are utilized by PAVE administration to confirm your eligibility to participate as a current student. Transcripts will not be visible to judges on the review panel.​​​​


We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.