Writing & Commentary

Writing and critical commentary about designed objects, spaces or systems.


Examples include: reviews, critiques, essays, profiles, articles, columns, blog posts and manifestos.


Note: Please select Pro Bono as your entry type when submitting your piece of writing. You’re limited to 3,000 words per entry and must be submitted as a PDF. Your document must be double-spaced, and pages should be numbered accordingly. If you are including more than one piece of writing in the PDF, the pieces should be thematically connected, such as in a series of blog posts or a multi-part essay.


Writing & Commentary Sample Entry Form

2014 Jury

Alissa Walker

Jury Captain
Design Writer
Alissa writes about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for many publications. She is the urbanism editor at Gizmodo and her work regularly appears in Los Angeles Magazine, the LA Weekly, Dwell, Fast Company, GOOD, T Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on the KCRW public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture. In 2010 she was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow for her writing on design and urbanism, and in 2011 she was awarded an ArtPlace grant for the initiative GOOD Ideas for Cities, where creatives propose solutions to urban problems proposed by city leaders. Alissa lives in a Dodger blue house in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, and relishes life in L.A. without a car. Read more at her blog, A Walker in LA, and follow her @awalkerinLA on Instagram and Twitter.

Carolina A. Miranda

Freelance Magazine Writer and Radio Reporter
Carolina is freelance magazine writer and radio reporter who has produced stories on art, culture and travel for Time, ARTnews, ARCHITECT, Art in America, Fast Company, NPR’s All Things Considered and PRI’s Studio 360. She is also a regular contributor at L.A. public radio affiliate KCRW and, until 2012, was a contributing art critic and reporter for New York Public Radio. Over the course of her career, she has reported on the use of biotechnology in contemporary art, the growing intersection between video games and fine art and the design radicalism of architect Oscar Niemeyer. She blogs about art and culture at C-Monster.net and has been named someone to follow on Twitter by both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Find her at @cmonstah.

Margaret Wappler

Margaret Wappler wrote about arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times for seven years, and has also published in Rolling Stone, The Believer, LA Weekly, NYLON, JANE magazine and many other publications. Her fiction has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Black Clock, Facsimile, Public Fiction and was recently anthologized in Joyland Retro. In 2011, she read from her novel in progress as part of the New American Writing series at the Hammer Museum. In 2013, her essay was included in the anthology, Yes Is the Answer, alongside Rick Moody, Joe Meno and Seth Greenland. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and dog.

Jade Chang

Metropolis Magazine // Contributing Editor
Jade is a Contributing Editor at Metropolis Magazine where she writes about the intersection of design and our changing world. She has been the recipient of fellowships from Sundance, Squaw Valley, and Winterhouse/AIGA. She lives in Los Angeles.