Official Q&A: Judging Usage Guidelines

Excellence Award Guidance "at or near the top"?


Doug Hepfer (Event Partner)
4 months ago

It looks like the National organization has loosened the rules around the Excellence Award this year, reducing the requirements to say the Excellence Award winner must be “at or near the top of the Design Award rankings.” This is now subject to a wide range of interpretation, which makes it challenging to get all events to the same standard.

From my experience, at an event with 40 teams, an Excellence Award winner would need to be in the top eight from a Design Award standpoint. That would be the top 20%, which seems like it is “near the top.”

What is the guidance to interpreting "at or near the top" to assure consistency across events this year?

Answered by Competition Judging Committee

It looks like the National organization has loosened the rules around the Excellence Award this year, reducing the requirements to say the Excellence Award winner must be “at or near the top of the Design Award rankings.” This is now subject to a wide range of interpretation, which makes it challenging to get all events to the same standard.

From my experience, at an event with 40 teams, an Excellence Award winner would need to be in the top eight from a Design Award standpoint. That would be the top 20%, which seems like it is “near the top.”

What is the guidance to interpreting "at or near the top" to assure consistency across events this year?

To quote the Judges Guide, under the heading Judging Process for the Excellence Award: "Excellence Award candidates should be at or near the top of the Design Award rankings."

Judges shall deliberate and make a qualitative decision on judged award winners.