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Competitions

Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.

For Architects and design community, SqrFactor is a community social network. But, for clients – in a nutshell, we are one-of-its-kind crowdsourcing platform for architectural and design related services. We help you provide multiple design solutions online without any hustle from architects & designers around the globe.

Yes, you can launch any competition related to architecture& related design services which includes interior design, landscape, furniture/product, remodeling/renovation and 3d Design & render contests.

Your projects can include – Residential, Commercial, Retail, Housing, Apartments, public space, hotels, pubs (leisure) etc.

There is no limit for minimum size project – you can launch toilet, kitchen design etc. as design contest but as of now – the contest for bigger project limits to maximum built up area of 30,000 square feet.

You will receive the designs according to the requirements you have mentioned in the brief. The architects/designers will submit a number of files including a presentation PDF explaining the design concept,AutocadDwgs and 3d files (if required).

Design contest can benefit you and your project in number of ways:

  • You will get multiple innovative and competitive design solutions for your project at fairly cheaper price compared to traditional design acquisition channels. Also, when number of architects focus on a single problem, the process contributes to design excellence
  • If you are a company/institution – competitions can bring positive attention to your project and help promote & contribute to your brands identity.
  • c. Most importantly, it saves your time, money and extra work as you get multiple design solutions online without having to deal with multiple architects and quotations

Yes, visiting a site in person have many benefits but Architects/Designers are trained to deal with contextual constraints of site they have never visited. Architects/Designers have to deal with this all the times whenever they participate in International competitions. Not visiting a site does not necessarily lead to design solutions that are inferior or vice versa.

Our team will understand your project in detail, and you will have to provide us existing drawings and photographs of the site/space which we will be attaching with your brief as required.

Publishing designs is a feature for the architects, students, designers to build their portfolio and we are not paying for publishing designs. But, we encourage you to post your designs (built/unbuilt) as it is going to help you when we launch sqrfactor v3.0 for the consumers. write us at create@sqrfactor.com with subject sqrfactor v3.0 to know more about it.

Is it’s a small interior project – basic dimensions would be just fine which you can sketch on a piece of paper or put dimensions on the pictures of the space; For larger projects though, we would suggest that you conduct a survey of your property first.

Sure, we can help you with it, but the service is chargeable.

No, we do not do or help in construction work or implementation of design on site.

We have 60% freelance architects and designers below the age of 30; 25% below the age of 40 and rest above age 40 on our platform from 20,000+ users registered on our platform around the globe which also includes 1000+ design firms. Designers on the platform are mostly young professionals in their early careers looking for work.

As mentioned, our designers are from around the globe but the top-10 countries where we receive maximum participation from are – India, USA, Germany, China, Bangladesh, UAE, Turkey, United Kingdom, Canada, Malaysia. Other geographies include Europe, South America, Africa and Australia making a total of 46+ countries, which are growing in number each day.

Timeline of the competition depends on project requirement, size and number of designs needed for the competition. Though a conceptual design competition can take as less as 7 to 14 days; we generally advice clients to have minimum timeline of 30 days. That being said, you will have to decide on the timeline yourself and our team will check if the project can be done in given timeline or not.

This depends on type and size of the project, timeline and award money for the winners. Having said that, you should receive a minimum of 7 designs for your competition.

There are two ways:

  • You can launch your own competition with any prize money you want to set up – here you will receive minimum of 7 designs.
  • You can choose SqrFactor Assured – where we will receive a guaranteed number of designs from Top designers. The prize money here is set up by Team SqrFactor after understanding your requirements in detail.

You will not be able to communicate directly and individually with every designer, but we will be communicating through us where we will update the designers participating in your competition for any changes/updates or otherwise.

Yes, if you have mentioned this requirement in your brief. We will provide you the contact details of top winning designers you select anyways – who will help you in execution as well.

You can pay us through bank transfer, Paypal – If outside India. The payment timeline depends on what way you choose to launch your design competition:

  • If you choose, launch your own - you will have to pay 80% of the amount before the start of the competition which will majorly include prize money + 2 – 5% platform charges depending on the project size and requirement and 20% after you receive the designs.
  • For SqrFactor Assured, you will have to pay 60% before competition starts and 40% afterwards inclusive of everything.

We will give you a 100% refund. No questions asked.

No, you will not have access to any files. The presentation will happen online with the shortlisted designers and you will only receive all the files (presentation pdf, floor plan/master plan drawings or 3d SketchUp files) once everything has been approved from your side.

Yes, you can invite particular architects or firms personally. You just have to share the link of the competition shared with you, ask them to sign up and participate in the competition.

If you get a large number of design proposals and you are confused and overwhelmed – we will be more than happy to assist you. That being said, we offer this service anyway to the clients who choose “SqrFactor Assured” as the average number of designs you receive is 60+.

Yes, the quality of submissions will be detailed enough to execute on site. But initially, you will only receive the design concept presentation which will explain you the design concept. After you choose the winners, we will give you other files (floor/master plans, sections, elevations and 3d files) submitted by the designer with their contact details. With so much in hand – yes, you can implement the designs or hand over to contractor.

Sure, we anyway will provide contact details of architect, designer or firm who wins your project. If you want, we will be more than happy to make introductions too. You can definitely start working with them on your project.

Yes, for an interior, product/furniture or small design projects – you can both specify a specific budget and ask for details – furniture, product brands and prices. In detail BOQs might be a problem but you sure can receive broader details as asked. For larger architectural or landscape projects – it might not be very feasible for the designers to work in fixed budget or give you in detail pricing/BOQs as such and we would advise too that for larger projects, you go with conceptual design solutions with master plans/floor plans & required Drawings. Budget for larger project can change drastically when executing them and hence, designs should not be derived from Budget but should happen vice-versa.

Do not worry, we will help you introduce to a number of designers or firms in your geography or city who can collaborate with the winning designer to help you execute your project. You can choose the best firm/designer and can work with them.

Designers are usually happy to interact with clients and make small changes in their designs. However, larger changes may require continuing working further with designers/firms outside SqrFactor for which we will anyway give you their contact details.

You may decide to continue working with your winning designer. We are happy to make warm introduction, but we are not involved with the process beyond competition.

Sure, you can write to us at create@sqrfactor.com and we will send you the link to top design entries received for our previous competitions.

It depends on your requirements; you can either launch it as two different competitions – one for interiors and other for landscape or you can launch it as one whole competition. If you launch it as two, you will get attention from Interior designers and landscape architects separately giving more clarity to both. However, if you launch it as one – it may confuse designers a bit, but your competition will still remain legit to be launched. If you have any confusions, you can mail us at create@sqrfactor.com or call at 80-80-80-92-06.

Sure, we are here to help. You can mail us at create@sqrfactor.com or call at 80-80-80-92-06.

Competition

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Getting Paid

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Participating as a Team

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