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Design Jim’s Kitchen

Location :
Submission Deadline :
Registration Deadline :
Award :
see body of post
Jury Members :
Jim, Marc Kushner
Type :
Open to all, International, Student Competition
Admission fee :
$50 USD

City living has many pleasures; kitchens are not one of them. New Yorkers have many ways of dealing with their cramped kitchens, the most common of which involves throwing in the towel altogether and ordering takeout far more often than is healthy.


Jim Richardson, a busy media executive living in Hell’s Kitchen, came to Architizer for help rethinking his galley kitchen. Jim likes to cook, but is all but deterred by the clumsy configuration of his present kitchen.At just 120sq ft., Jim’s galley kitchen attempts to do too much. The cabinets and appliances are large and clunky. The space is too narrow, occluding any social interaction with guests. The new, optimized kitchen should have a fully integrated design and provide a comfortable space for two to prepare meals. Jim likes to entertain, so opening up the space is important.

Jim needs all the basics, a refrigerator / freezer (he loves his ice maker), oven (combination oven/microwave preferred), gas cooktop, a sink and dishwasher. His dream is to have a garbage disposal now that they’re approved in NYC. Jim wants cabinetry that blends with appropriate-sized appliances for the tight space. He’s trying to escape clutter in all forms so he’s hoping to gain more and smarter storage. A bright space with a thoughtful lighting scheme would be awesome.


  • May 23rd, 2012—competition submissions open
  • July 2nd, 2012—Registration deadline
  • July 9th, 2012—Submissions deadline
  • July 16th, 2012—Winners announcment


The competition is open to all individuals and firms, regardless of geographical location or experience.

Admission fee:$50 USD


Submissions should be digital and with the subject:Jim’s Kitchen Submission.
Upon payment, registrants will be able to download a packet containing images of the site, a technical drawing and submission email address.
All submission materials should be consolidated into a multiple paged, 11″x17” PDF smaller than 5 MB, containing at least:

  • 1 Floor plan
  • 1 Elevation
  • 2 Renderings of the space
  • Project description of fewer than 500 words, including list of materials where core to design proposal (cabinet, appliances, lighting)


  • Jim
  • Marc Kushner


  • Requirements – Does the design meet Jim’s needs?
  • Aesthetics – Will the design look good in 25 years?
  • Innovation – Does the design bring anything new to the table with regard to kitchen design – does it use the constraints of the size as an advantage?


1st prize:

  • A new client, Jim, with a ready-to-go job
  • $5,000 in cash for design fee
  • An editorial feature on Architizer.com

2 runners up:

  • $1,000
  • Editorial coverage on Architizer.com

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