Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

High School Design Competition

High School Design Competition

What It's All About

Every spring, there is an all-day design competition fashioned after the Architects Learning Exam held for Santa Barbara County High School Students. This program, started in 1991, introduces high school students to the world of architecture and the design process, through the frame of a fun learning experience.

For the first time in the history of this competition, this year it will be held entirely remotely. We are proud to present this year’s High School Design Competition: Design From Home 2021.

If you would like to request an informational presentation to learn more about this competition, please contact AFSB.

Competition Start and Kick-Off Meeting: March 11, 2021 @ 4:00 PM

Competition Ends: March 15, 2021 @ 4:00 PM

Video Tutorials

What Is Design?

The Introductions

From Program Challenges to Design Solutions

The Plot Plan

The Floor Plan


Additional Drawings

"This experience helped me, and I’m sure countless other participants, discover a love for architecture... Overall, it was a great experience."

Annebel van der Meulen
First Place Winner

"I love this competition and I really hope it gets better each year!"

Student Participant