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In Collaboration with 

Octagon Museum | DCNOMA

SAY IT LOUD exhibition has been invited to feature Diverse Designers of Washington DC at the Octagon Museum in Fall 2022 and a virtual exhibition in June of 2021. In line with our mission to elevate the contributions of women and BIPOC designers, architect, engineers and planners, we are inviting you to submit.

To date, our SAY IT LOUD exhibitions have been viewed by an estimate total 35,000 visitors since January 2017. From inception, multiple online publications (such as Forbes, Curbed and The Architects Newspaper) with large subscription bases have helped promote the exhibitions further expanding its impact. One featured firm expressed an increase in business which they attributed to being featured in SAY IT LOUD.

Please provide the requested information below to win a chance to be one of the few designers exhibited in

SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC

Deadline to Submit - May 30, 2021 11:59 EST 

Submission: May 30, 2021 11:59pm EST $50.00 USD

Announcement of the winners: June 2021



  • One project per submission. You can submit numerous applications. 

  • Images minimum 150 dpi resolution, 10 MB each

  • Individual images, composed art boards are not recommended



  • BIPOC or Women architect, engineers, designers, students and planners who had a significant role in the project being submitted, who resides or has project in Washington DC. 

  • BIPOC (He, She, They) or Women (of any ethnicity) 

  • Built / Unbuilt Work 

    • We strongly encourage submissions that reflect a broad and inclusive definition of design excellence. Each entry is judged for the success with which it has met its individual requirements. Submissions must exhibit design achievement that demonstrates exemplary skill and creativity in the resolution and integration of formal, functional, and technical requirements, including ecological stewardship and social responsibility. Submissions should also reflect a strong sense of place, history, and purpose.



  • Featured in the SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC Exhibition

  • Name, business or work will be promoted in publications, on websites and social media. 

  • Profile will be included in the Great Diverse Designers Library. 

  • Per your election, application will be considered for future SIL Exhibitions. 

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