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Jon Hensley - Jon Hensley Architects - 2012 Marvin Architect's Challenge winner

Enter now! Architect's Challenge puts Marvin's marketing muscle to work for you


Winners of the Marvin Architect’s Challenge enjoy far more than a trophy and a nice dinner (though those are part of the deal, too!). The dozens of winners from the past four years, whose work represents exemplary architecture from North America and Europe, reap the benefits of all of Marvin’s marketing muscle, as well.

To give you an idea of what we’re talking about, here are some of the things we did with last year’s winners:

  • Placed featured content on
  • Posted a news release to Marvin’s online newsroom and a major newswire
  • Shared the release with dozens of consumer and trade media outlets
  • Pitched case studies to consumer and trade media, resulting in coverage ranging from Professional Remodeler to local newspapers to the Wall Street Journal
  • Wrote a series of posts for MLuxe, Marvin’s blog for homeowners interested in fine home living and high architecture
  • Sent email newsletters to tens of thousands of readers
  • Posted photos and project details to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
  • Featured winners in blog posts on popular sites like Design Milk, Remodelista, Archinect and others

We’re now accepting entries for our fifth annual Architect’s Challenge, and this year’s competition has two great additional publicity opportunities: In addition to the judges’ winners, we’re letting you decide which projects deserve recognition with our Architect’s Challenge Showdown. A March Madness-style contest will have projects competing for votes to win “the people’s choice” award, which includes a trip for two to San Francisco and registration for the 2013 Reinvention Symposium.

Separately, one grand prize winner will be honored as the best in show, as selected by our judges. The winner of this award will be the feature of a two-page spread in the October issue of Dwell magazine.

So here’s your chance to show off your best work. We’re looking for inspired projects featuring Marvin Windows and Doors, showcasing creativity in either residential or commercial architecture. Submit your best designs featuring Marvin Windows and Doors by May 1, 2013.

But don’t just take our word for it. Hear what some of our previous winners have to say:

“The 2012 Architect’s Challenge was a very positive experience and I plan to enter a commercial project this year. It was great to see our project published in national magazines, and we were featured in two design blogs. We have gone on interviews where the winning project was mentioned, and it felt as if the prospective clients valued the national recognition the award provided. … We typically don’t enter our projects in competitions unless we feel the clients would benefit from the award. In this case, it was very enjoyable to share the award, the trophy, and the book with our clients. They placed a large amount of trust in us to handle the design, and receiving national recognition for the completed project is a meaningful validation of that trust. … I have suggested to a few architects that they should consider this awards program.”

Jon Hensley
Jon Hensley Architects - Arlington, VA
2012 Marvin Architect’s Challenge winner

“We didn’t really understand the significance of being named an Architect Challenge winner at first, but Marvin really hit the Internet hard — a Google search shows many references to our firm generated by Architect Challenge publicity. It’s hard to know how much the Architect’s Challenge contributed to our current project load, but we are busier now than we have been in seven years. Multiple awards, including this one, all add up to influence people to contact our firm.”

Anthony Vandermark Jr.
Minervini Vandermark Architecture - Hoboken, NJ
2011 Marvin Architect’s Challenge winner

“It was great winning and being recognized by our peers. It’s another notch in our belt if someone is looking for design credentials.”

Jeff A. Stetter, AIA
Gossens Bachman Architects – Montpelier, VT
2010 Marvin Architect’s Challenge winner