The 2019 AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture will feature the CHEEP DIGS Birdhouse Design Competition. The competition is open to any AIA or IIDA member. There is no limit on the number of entries, which can be submitted individually, as part of a team, or representing a firm. All entries as well as time and materials to construct, are to be considered donations and will be part of a silent auction held during the Conference.
The goal of the competition is to challenge the imagination of our members to design and craft an original birdhouse that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The proceeds from the silent auction will help support The Wisconsin Architects Foundation with a primary mission to enhance the public's awareness of architecture through a commitment to architectural education.
Plans: PDF suitable for print on 8 ½” x 11”may include assembly instructions and sketch/elevations
Design & Construction Guidelines
There are many resources you may find on-line to help guild you in the Do’s and Don’ts along with the appropriate functional requirements for bird house construction including: suggested dimensions and allowable entrance-holes sizes for a variety of bird species, ventilation, drainage, material usage, coatings, mountings, etc.
Size Limitations: Submitted birdhouses shall not be larger than 18 inches x 18 inches x 18 inches
Materials: There are no limitations on the types of materials that can be used, however the birdhouse should be constructed ins such a manner that it is ready for installation and use outdoors.
It is highly recommended that eco-friendly, non-toxic, recycled and sustainable products be implemented
Solid wood products such as cedar and pine provide great insulation
The preferred thickness of building material is ¾” to lessen the potential heat build-up within the birdhouse which can cause harm to young birds
Perches are for predators. Please omit from the design.
It is recommended that the sides of the birdhouse enclose the floor to slow deterioration of the floor.
It is recommended that at least four 3/8”-diameter drain holes be placed in the floor
It is recommended that fasteners be galvanized, concrete-coated, or ring-shank nails
The birdhouse should have an easily removable section for cleaning purposes
Winners will be announced at the AIA Wisconsin Architecture Expo as part of the Conference on Architecture.
All entries will be part of a silent auction during AIA Wisconsin Architecture Expo on Thursday, May 9. Be prepared to offer a winning bid on your own design if you would like to reclaim it.
Questions? Contact AIA Wisconsin AIAW@AIAW.org , (608) 257-8477
Registration: Closes April 15th, $25 per entry
Submission Deadline: Birdhouses can be submitted between Monday April 29th to Thursday May 2nd, 2019
All entries must be delivered no later than 5:00PM May 2, 2019 to: AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703
SMALL PRINT THE AIA WISCONSIN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SUBMISSIONS THAT ARE DEEMED TO NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED OR LACK STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY. UPON RECEIPT, ALL BIRD HOUSE SUBMISSIONS SHALL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE WISCONSIN ARCHITECTURAL FOUNDATION. LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!