Strategies for Selecting
the Lead Designer and the Design Excellence A/E Team
contracted through the Office of the Chief Architect Center for Design Excellence and the
Arts. This individual is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the vision
competition. Specific duties include:
D e veloping and advising on documents for the vision competition process, including
announcements, rules, instructions, project pro g ram information, and reports.
Ensuring the integrity of the process and managing the vision competition so all lead
designer-A/E teams receive fair and equitable treatment. This includes collaborating with
the GSA project team to organize a vision competition briefing and follow-up question
and answer period.
These duties require that the professional advisor be capable of approaching the vision
competition objectively with eve r yo n e's welfare in mind. The advisor must have no
personal or financial interest in the project.
The results of the vision competition are evaluated by an independent vision competition
jury. The jury is selected by the Office of the Chief Architect Center for Design Excellence
and the Arts and is appointed from GSA's National Register of Peer Professionals. The
model for the jury that has proven successful includes three members:
A Design Educator
An Architectural Critic
A Practicing Architect Experienced in the Facility Type
The vision competition jury is a pivotal advisory body to the A/E Evaluation Board.
Once the vision competitions submissions are received by GSA and determined by the
contracting officers and the professional advisor to be in compliance with all specified
criteria, the jury meets for a day to evaluate the submissions and rank them according