Susquehanna Valley Design Awards

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Having just celebrated the Chapter’s 25th anniversary in May, we are now pleased to announce a call for entries in the first annual Susquehanna Valley Design Awards contest. As part of the NKBA mission to inspire, lead and empower, the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the NKBA would like to promote local NKBA member designers by recognizing design excellence in the kitchen and bath industry.

Call for entries July 24 – October 15, 2017

Winners announced December 12, 2017

All entries must be submitted digitally. Limit three entries per designer.


Why participate

Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting your career, having your design work recognized by a national association among your peers and within your marketplace, is a rewarding personal and professional achievement. There are many design competitions, including the national NKBA contest, but being a winner of the Susquehanna Valley Design Awards provides an additional opportunity for you to gain career-building recognition–right here in your own backyard.

Here are a few more reasons to participate:

  • Local media attention – the contest will be promoted in Susquehanna Style magazine, social media channels, and other media outlets throughout the contest period.
  • Get work published – Susquehanna Style magazine will publish winning projects in the January issue of their magazine. Use this opportunity to work for your CMKBD accreditation.
  • Be more marketable – as a winner of a design contest, you create new opportunities to market your professional, award-winning design as both a business and personal achievement.
  • Receive special recognition – as a category winner, you will be personally recognized during the December 2017 monthly Chapter meeting for your achievement. In addition to receiving an award to display at your office, winning projects will be featured on the Susquehanna Valley NKBA website, the Chapter newsletter, and Chapter social media.

Project eligibility

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to enter the design awards contest.

  • Project must be completed between January 1, 2014 and October 15, 2017
  • Projects that have been awarded in other national contests are eligible with the exception of NKBA national design competition winners
  • Entrants must be an NKBA member in good standing as of October 15, 2017
  • Co-designer entrants are not required to be members of the NKBA; a maximum of two designers per project
  • Entrants do not have to be a certified designer

Design award categories

Similar to the NKBA national design competition, the Susquehanna Valley Design Awards includes the  following categories:

  • Category A: Small kitchens (less than 150 sq. ft.)
  • Category B: Medium kitchens (150-350 sq. ft.)
  • Category C: Large kitchens (over 350 sq. ft.)
  • Category D: Powder room (must contain a sink and toilet; does not have a tub or shower)
  • Category E: Small bathroom (less than 55 sq. ft.)
  • Category F: Large or master bath (over 55 sq. ft.)
  • Category G: Outdoor kitchens
  • Category H: Residential cabinetry in other areas
  • Category I: Best before and after

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The winner of each category will automatically be entered to win the Best of Show award. Susquehanna Style’s editor-in-chief, Keely Childers Heany, will select from the winning entries to determine the editor’s choice for the ultimate honor in this design contest—the best of show.

How to enter

Each project submission will require the following elements completed prior to submitting projects digitally:

  1. Completed entry form and required design statements
  2. Designer/Client release form
  3. Photography release form
  4. Before photos (optional)
  5. After photos (3-5 images recommended)
  6. Floor plans
  7. Elevation drawings
  8. Perspective drawings (optional)

Entry deadline is midnight on Tuesday, October 15, 2017.

$50 fee per entry; limit three entries per designer


To get started, download the required forms using the button below.

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When you have all the required documentation completed and ready to submit, use the “Submit Your Entry” button below to pay your entry fee and start uploading your project.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once your entry fee is processed, you must upload all required elements at one time.

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