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MakeDC Public Interest Design



MakeDC's first Designing Dreams Pitch Competition invited local D.C. groups and organizations with a social or environmental mission to tell us about a pressing design need. The prize: $20,000 in professional design services from MakeDC to help “realize a dream.”


Pitch Night took place on May 17, 2014, at the District Architecture Center. Seven finalists presented their projects and needs to the jury in a Pecha Kucha-style format.


But this wasn't a private gathering: We invited the public to join us; to meet the finalists, jurors, and the MakeDC team; and to participate in the competition. Every attendee had a voice toward the People's Choice, which was added to the jurors' votes — giving the audience a place at the judges' table.


We are happy to report that the event was a tremendous success, beating even our own expectations. Watch the video to see highlights from the night and to learn more about all of the finalists.




Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

D.C. Youth Orchestra

Anacostia BID


Latin American Youth Center

WINNER & People's Choice — Joseph's House

Georgetown BID


Learn more about the 2014 Designing Dreams Pitch Night jury.

Designing Dreams

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