2014 Marvin Architects Challenge - Official Rules


The 2014 Marvin Architects Challenge (the “Challenge”) is sponsored by Marvin Windows and Doors (“Sponsor”) and consists of two separate portions: the “Juried Challenge” and the “Showdown”. The “Showdown” is a people’s choice contest consisting of multiple rounds of voting. The Juried Challenge and Showdown are referred to, collectively, as the “Contest”. These Official Rules shall serve as the official rules for both portions of the Contest.


This contest of skill is open to architects only. Entrants must be licensed architects or graduates of an accredited school of architecture to enter. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico and Guam), Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland *, Israel, Japan, Spain*, or the United Kingdom*, and the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence as of the date of entry. Entrants from Ireland, Israel, Japan, Spain, or the United Kingdom are eligible for the Juried Challenge but are not eligible for the Showdown portion of the Contest. Employees or agents of Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising/promotional/PR agencies, and the members of their immediate families or those persons living in the same household of such individuals are ineligible to enter or win. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law.

Contest Period

The Contest begins February 4, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. (Contest Start Time) and ends August 5, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. (Contest End Time). For purposes of these Official Rules, all times are US Central Time (GMT-6 or -5). All Contest entries must be received during the Submission Period, which begins at the Contest Start Time and ends on May 2, 2014 at 12:00 (midnight). Entries received before or after the Submission Period will not be accepted. The Showdown will be conducted in 5 rounds, beginning June 2, 2014 and ending July 13, 2014.


To enter, submit at least three portfolio-quality photographs (at least 4”x6”, in jpeg or png format) of a project of your original design, built within the last ten years, which incorporates Marvin® brand windows and/or doors, together with a brief written description of the project, including a general description of the structure, the location of the structure, the year of construction, and the types of Marvin products incorporated into the structure.

A majority of the fenestration openings in the project must be Marvin® brand products. Projects may include Integrity® brand products along with Marvin products. Integrity-only projects will not be accepted, but may be eligible for submission to Integrity's Red Diamond Achiever Program. Photographs in which non-Marvin windows or doors are depicted will be disqualified.

You may enter the Contest one of two ways: (1) Online: Complete the required fields of the online entry form at www.marvin.com/architechtschallenge in their entirety, upload your photographs(s), and click on the Register button to enter; or (2) By mail: Legibly write the words “2014 Marvin Architects Challenge," along with your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, name of employer, and the written project description. Mail the entry to: 2014 Marvin Architects Challenge, Marvin Windows and Doors, 2020 Silver Bell Road, Suite 15, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55122, United States of America. Enclose / attach your photograph(s), and responses to the following questions∞:

  • Why do you consider this a great accomplishment?
  • What inspired you?
  • How did Marvin products help you realize your vision?

All entries must be received or postmarked during the Submission Period.

It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to notify Sponsor in writing if the entrant changes his/her e-mail address or other contact information. (To do so, write to: 2014 Marvin Architects Challenge, Marvin Windows and Doors, 2020 Silver Bell Road, Suite 15, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55122, United States of America.) Multiple entries may be submitted. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

By entering the Contest and submitting the photograph(s), you assign to Sponsor all intellectual property rights over the photograph(s); Sponsor may reproduce, crop or otherwise modify, display, and/or otherwise use the entrants’ photographs, in any form or media, for any purpose related to the Architects Challenge.


By entering the Contest, you declare that all information submitted by you is true, current, and complete, and you represent and warrant to Sponsor that you are the architect of the project depicted, that the design is your original work, that you are the copyright owner of, or have all rights and permissions necessary to submit the photograph(s), including without limitation the permission of the owner of the structure depicted, and that you have all rights and permissions necessary to convey the license and authorizations required by these Official Rules.∞

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, and licensors from any claim, cost, demand, loss, or expense arising out of the photograph(s) or other content submitted by you in connection with the Contest, your entry in the Contest, or your violation of the Official Rules, the rights of any other person, or any applicable law.


Up to ten (10) Juried Challenge Winners will be chosen from among the entries submitted, subject to sufficient entries being submitted which are, in the judges’ independent opinions, of the requisite high quality. The winners’ project photographs will be displayed on Sponsor’s web site. Sponsor may also feature the winning entries in public relations and social media efforts. Additionally, judges will name one of the Juried Challenge Winners "Best in Show." Juried Challenge winners will be invited to Minneapolis, Minnesota and Warroad, Minnesota on dates to be coordinated by Sponsor, which are anticipated to be in Autumn, 2014. Sponsor will provide each Juried Challenge winner with a roundtrip ticket from a major metropolitan airport within the continental United States or Canada to Minneapolis, Minnesota.§ In Minneapolis, Sponsor will guide winners on an AIA tour of various homes and buildings of architectural interest. Local accommodations and group meals will be provided. Sponsor will transport winners from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Warroad, Minnesota for a factory tour, and will provide return travel from Warroad, Minnesota to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Winners may earn 8 AIA-CES HSW LUs for Minneapolis and factory tours. The winner of the Architects Challenge "Best in Show" designation will be featured by Architectural Digest Marketing in a one-page advertorial in Architectural Digest magazine and may be featured in up to two video promotions.

One Showdown winner will also be selected, as described below. The Showdown winner will be invited to attend the 2014 Reinvention Symposium. Sponsor will provide a roundtrip ticket from a major metropolitan airport within the continental United States or Canada, conference fees, lodging and a per diem for meals for the 2014 Reinvention Symposium, currently scheduled October 13-15, 2014, in Washington, D.C., USA.

No substitute prizes will be awarded, and prizes may not be redeemed for cash value or other consideration. The prize will not include personal insurances (i.e, healthcare insurance) nor any additional hotel expenses (such as, telephone, additional meals, mini-bar, or drinks) or any other expense which is not expressly included within the prize. Reasonable efforts will be made to coordinate winners’ schedules and accommodate their calendars. However, if a winner is unable to travel on the dates specified by Sponsor, the winner will forfeit the affected portions of the prize. No substitute winner will be chosen. If the winner cancels or otherwise declines to take the trip, the prize will be forfeited and will not be awarded.

Winner Selection

Juried Challenge

Entries will be judged to meet at least one or a combination of the following qualities as determined by the Sponsor: solution-driven design, classical beauty, innovative use of windows, and sustainability. All decisions of Sponsor are final and binding. The winners will be notified by e-mail or postal mail by June 2, 2014. Winners will have 10 days from notification to accept the prize by e-mail to inspired@marvin.com or by postal mail to the address specified in the notification. Juried Challenge Winners will be publicly announced August 5, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. Marvin is not responsible for, and shall not be liable for, any late, lost, or misdirected notification, or for a winner’s unsuccessful efforts to claim any prize.


The winner will be determined by the highest number of qualified votes accumulated during the showdown. The winner will be announced live on July 16, 2014. Votes may be cast on the Showdown voting page at marvin.com, by selecting the VOTE button associated with each featured project. Votes for each project submission will accumulate over the duration of the voting rounds 1-5. Voters may not retract or change a submitted vote. Voters may place one vote for one project, once per day during the showdown. Votes cast from outside North America may not be counted in the Showdown. Sponsor may take such actions as it deems necessary, in its sole discretion, to correct voter misconduct or otherwise ensure accepted votes conform to these requirements.

Finalists still active in Round 4 will be notified that one of them will be the Showdown winner. Finalists will be contacted to determine whether they will accept the prize, should they win the Showdown. Each finalist must respond by e-mail to inspired@marvin.com, indicating they will accept and agree to the Winner Requirements, or to be eliminated from further consideration. Sponsor is not responsible for, and shall not be liable for, any late, lost, or misdirected notification, or for a winner’s unsuccessful efforts to claim any prize.

Winner Requirements

Juried Challenge winners and the top 3 finalists of the Showdown (participating in Round 5) will be required to sign and return a release of liability, declaration of eligibility, and, where lawful, a publicity consent agreement, all within 10 days of notification. Within the same time period, winners will also be required to execute a license, and any other necessary documentation, authorizing Sponsor to reproduce, display, and otherwise use the winner’s photographs for any purpose, on the Sponsor’s web site and/or in such other materials and media, whether now known or hereafter created, as Sponsor may choose, without further compensation to the winner. By accepting and/or using prize, the winner agrees to the use of his/her name, voice and/or likeness, and of the photographs submitted with the winner’s entry for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion, relating to the Architects Challenge, in any medium now known or hereafter created. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, or fails to timely return the completed and executed declaration and releases as required, the prize may be forfeited.

General Contest Rules

By entering, each participant agrees to be bound these Official Rules and decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final. Sponsor, agents and representatives of Sponsor, its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, PR and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (1) late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, or postage-due entries; (2) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (3) failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions; (4) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Sponsor that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (5) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the prizes, or acceptance, possession, or use of the prizes, or from participation in the Contest; or (6) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right, in is sole discretion, to suspend or cancel Contest at any time if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration of the Contest.

Resolution of Disputes

Each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and any judicial proceeding shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal or state courts within the State of Minnesota, USA; (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event shall attorney’s fees be awarded; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant herby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota, USA, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether the State of Minnesota or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Minnesota.


Sponsor and its authorized agents will collect, use, and disclose the personal information you provide when you enter the Contest for the purposes of administering the Contest and prize fulfillment. The Contest web site may be hosted on servers in the United States, and the personal information you provide may therefore also be subject to the laws of the United States. For further information about Marvin’s privacy practices, please see: http://www.marvin.com/privacy/.

Winners List – US Residents Only

To receive a list of winners or copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by December 31, 2014 to 2014 Marvin Architects Challenge, 2020 Silver Bell Rd. Ste. 15, St. Paul, MN 55122. The winners’ names also will be available online at www.marvin.com, starting August 5, 2014.

Opt Out

To opt out of receiving notices of future skill contests offered by Sponsor, please e-mail your request to Marvin Windows and Doors at inspired@marvin.com. For questions about this promotion email inspired@marvin.com.

Footnotes (Non-US Entries)

* The Official Rules Supplement, applicable to entrants from Ireland, Spain, and the United Kingdom, is available via email at inspired@marvin.com.

∞ Entrants from Japan must include an additional, written consent from the owner of the building featured in the entry, as well as a declaration of conformity signed by the entrant. Consent forms are available from the Marvin at inspired@marvin.com.

§ Transportation for winners resident in Ireland or the United Kingdom will be from London; for winners resident in Spain, from Madrid; for winners resident in Japan, from Tokyo; for winners resident in Israel, from Tel Aviv.


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