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Frequently Asked Questions : Designers

Competitions 1. How does a competition work?
2. How long does a competition take?
3. What is the minimum/maximum number of designers to participate in a competition?
4. Who are the clients?
5. Do I need to be a registered architect to participate?
6. Will I keep my privacy while participating in a competition?
7. I was able to login before, why can't I login now?
8. How does the point-system work?

Voting 9. What is “Voting” on a project?
10. Who can vote on projects?
11. Will I get points for voting on projects?
12. Can I vote on my own project?
13. Do votes have any impact on projects?
14. In the evaluations tab of projects I see user voting, expert voting and client voting columns. Who are the experts?
15. Is everybody's vote weighted the same way?
16. Is the voting done before or after the client announced the results?

Getting Paid 17. Do I have to pay a participation fee for competitions?
18. How is the award money distributed in competitions?
19. How can I withdraw money?

Participating as a Team 20. Can I participate as a team in a competition, or do I always need to participate as an individual designer?
21. How are awards and points distributed among team members?
22. Is there a limit on the number of team members?
23. How will team projects be shown?
24. Can I participate as an individual and as part of a team in the same competition?

1. How does a competition work?

Clients initiate competitions. After uploading basic information, they decide on the timeline and award amount. Designers are able to review all posted competitions and sign-up to participate in the design challenges. Designers can upload their design solutions until the project deadline. After the deadline the client evaluates the projects and picks the winning design scheme, and informs arcbazar about their first three ranked projects. Arcbazar then distributes the award among the first three winners.

2. How long does a competition take?

The duration of the competition is decided by the client, and depends largely on the size and time commitment of the client. They can be short competitions for conceptual ideas lasting for about a week, or longer competitions that can last up to 12 weeks.

3. What is the minimum/maximum number of designers to participate in a competition?

The minimum number of designers is two for all competitions. For most competitions, there is no upper limit. However, clients can limit the number of participants for their competitions. In that case, the project description would explicitly mention the limitation.

4. Who are the clients?

Arcbazar.com was founded to bring quality design solutions to people who do not have the resources to access architects. In the US, this means nine out of ten clients. Our clients are people who desire original design solutions to their everyday projects.

5. Do I need to be a registered architect to participate?

Arcbazar is open to all talented designers, students, young architects and professionals all around the world.

6. Will I keep my privacy while participating in a competition?

The identities of the clients and designers will be kept strictly confidential, unless they decide themselves otherwise. You will get an alias for each competition you participate in. This allows designers to keep anonymous, and makes sure that the winning project is selected by merit only.

7. I was able to login before, why can't I login now?

Delete the cache/history of your internet browser. Or, use a different internet browser, e.g. Firefox, Google Chrome, IE etc. If your problem persists contact support@arcbazar.com.

8. How does the point-system work?

Designers get the following points: When signing-up to a project: +10; when submitting your project: +50; when signing-up but not submitting: -20; when winning the 3rd prize: +100; when winning the 2nd prize: +300; when winning the 1st prize: +600; and, when just saving a project: no +/- points. Also, some additional multipliers are added -- taking into consideration the number of submissions to a project by other designers, and the project’s award money. In other words, the more submissions a project receives, and the lower the award money is, the more points you may get. This is to reward designers, who have to compete with many other participants for the award; and those, who participate in low-award competitions.

9. What is “Voting” on a project?

Voting allows you to evaluate projects completed on Arcbazar. The vote consists of judging the basis of an architectural work – beauty, function and structure. Simply, it means, you judge whether the design is beautiful, whether it is functional – does it work, and whether it is realistic and buildable. In addition, graphics is judged as a fourth evaluation criteria. The voting system is based on a 10 point scale where 10 is the best and 1 the worst. Also, the average of each evaluation is calculated and shown as “Average” point.

10. Who can vote on projects?

All registered members of the Arcbazar community, designers and clients, can vote. Notice that designers cannot vote on their own projects.

11. Will I get points for voting on projects?

Yes, Arcbazar regards voting as an honorable service by designers, and understands this feedback loop as an ongoing effort by designers to mentor/judge their peers. Therefore the system issues points for voting on projects, in order to promote, foster and strengthen our community.

12. Can I vote on my own project?

The system does not allow voting on your own projects.

13. Do votes have any impact on projects?

Votes have no direct impact on the ranking of projects. Clients can rank projects in any order they see fit. However, votes do have an impact on how projects are shown on Arcbazar's Top Competitions pages. The more votes and the higher the average the higher the project is listed on these pages.

14. In the evaluations tab of projects I see user voting, expert voting and client voting columns. Who are the experts?

Expert voters are designers that made it into the Top 100 of the overall designer charts on Arcbazar.

15. Is everybody's vote weighted the same way?

Everybody registered on Arcbazar can vote, however, the higher the designer in the overall designer charts the more weight is given to their vote. The average is calculated based on an algorithm that weights user-, expert-, client- and family/friends votes differently.

16. Is the voting done before or after the client announced the results?

Both is possible. Every competition whose results have been announced by clients is showcased at the "Past Competitions" section on Arcbazar, and any user can vote on them at that point. However, there is also a paid feature, which allows clients to open their competition and get voting feedback from users before they make their announcements.

17. Do I have to pay a participation fee for competitions?

No. We do never charge designers any participation fee. However, when the designer wins a monetary award at the end of the competition, say s/he wins the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Prize, or receives any bonus, we do charge a 3% service and handling fee from the amount.

18. How is the award money distributed in competitions?

The first 3 ranked projects will receive monetary awards, e.g. the winner will receive %60, the runner-up %30, and the third %10 of the award money.

19. How can I withdraw money?

All your earnings will be displayed in your “My Bank” page. (Go to “My Home” and click on “My Bank” on your dashboard.) Here you can see all your earnings that you either won through a competition. You can withdraw any positive balance at any time in three ways: PayPal, direct deposit to your bank account or MoneyGram. Click on the “Withdraw” button, and decide on the amount and the transfer method, and your money will be transferred ASAP. Payment is done periodically within few days, therefore once you withdraw money from your account, you will receive a confirmation email when the payment has been done.

20. Can I participate as a team in a competition, or do I always need to participate as an individual designer?

Yes, you can participate as a team in a competition. You can form as many teams as you need. You can create teams just for one competition, or teams you think will participate in multiple competitions.

21. How are awards and points distributed among team members?

The team leader (the designer who creates the team) has two options: 1. payment of entire award to team leader only, or 2. distributing the award among team members. For example for option 2, if your team wins an award of $1,000, and you have 5 team members, each member will get $200 to their accounts. Points are distributed in either case proportionally among team members.

22. Is there a limit on the number of team members?

No, you can invite as many designers to your team as you need. These members can be from within or outside the Arcbazar community. There needs to be at minimum two designers in a team, otherwise the system will show the team leader as an individual designer participating in the competition.

23. How will team projects be shown?

The system will create a separate team profile page, showcasing all projects that this team submitted on Arcbazar. These team pages will receive points as well, and be ranked separately in the designer charts. Each team page will list all team members and provide links to each member's profile page. Team projects will also be shown separately in each member's portfolio page.

24. Can I participate as an individual and as part of a team in the same competition?

Once a designer decides to join a team, and that team participates in a competition, the designer cannot participate separately in the same competition. However, you can participate individually in any other competition your team does not participate in.


If you have any other question that is not covered here, please e-mail us at support@arcbazar.com.