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The MG2 Recognizing Exceptional Design (R.E.D.) Student Portfolio Competition celebrates the work of architecture students across the nation.

The students (undergraduate and graduate) awarded best overall portfolios will each receive a three-month paid summer internship at any U.S. MG2 office, plus a $500 housing stipend each month.

At the end of your internship, you’ll have the relevant work experience needed to accelerate your career.

Undergraduate Entries

Students pursuing an undergraduate degree.

The competition is now closed.

Graduate Entries

Students pursuing a graduate degree.

The competition is now closed.

Submission Guidelines

  • Select your education level (undergraduate or graduate) above. Enter the required information and use the online file upload tool to submit your portfolio and resume.
  • Submissions due by 8 p.m. PST / 11 p.m. EST on Friday, March 16, 2018.
  • Portfolio submission must be a single PDF document, neither exceeding 20 pages in length, nor 10 MB in size. The document should be saved as single pages (not spreads), with a maximum page size of 11" x 17."
  • Portfolios can include up to five projects.
  • Please identify individual vs. team projects. No more than two team projects may be included. For any team projects, please identify your role.
  • One individual project may be outside the field of architecture (i.e. art, research, graphic design, writing).
  • All projects must have been completed in a non-professional setting.
  • Please submit a resume via a separate attachment.
  • Please no printed materials. If submitted, they will not be returned.
  • One submission per entrant.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, April 23, 2018.

Competition Eligibility Guidelines

  • Students must currently be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or have plans to enroll in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program within the next 12 months.
  • Students must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
  • Students must be available to work full-time in one of MG2’s U.S. offices during the summer.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on the following elements:

  • Design process: Ability to logically communicate the steps undertaken to solve a complex design problem.
  • Innovation/exploration: Ability to explain how creative thinking and/or research was used to arrive at a design solution that extends beyond a project’s formal, functional and technical project requirements.
  • Effective use of technology: Ability to represent design work using both analogue and digital tools.
  • Personal branding: Ability to express a consistent, yet distinctive point of view and design language throughout the portfolio.
  • Diversity of skills: Ability to execute multiple types of projects to the same level of proficiency using a variety of design solutions and methods.

All non-winning entrants will be considered for MG2’s conventional paid summer internship program. For further questions contact

About MG2

MG2 partners with businesses around the world to create meaningful transformation through architectural services, planning, interior design, brand strategy and consulting. The firm is consistently ranked among the largest architecture practices in the nation and one of the top retail design firms in the world. MG2 serves clients around the globe from four offices: Seattle, WA; Irvine, CA; Washington, D.C. and Shanghai.


  • Architecture
  • Brand design and development
  • Casework and fixture design
  • Cost management
  • Environmental graphic design
  • Interior design
  • Master planning
  • Program management
  • Space planning
  • Store planning
  • Visual merchandising

People Make the Place

At MG2, we dive in and dig deep. We enjoy what we do and the people we do it with. We’re curious, empathetic and (mostly) ego-free. We push each other to be better, support each other when things get stressful and go all in to help our client’s achieve their goals.

We recognize the importance of work-life integration and appreciate our people. That’s why we celebrate birthdays. And anniversaries. And every other Friday, we get together for an all-office breakfast buffet.

We design over-the-top, insanely detailed gingerbread houses, dominate rec-league sports and know all the best happy hours around. Most importantly, we take time to give back to our communities, together.


In addition to gaining valuable work experience needed to accelerate one’s career, the competition winner will also enjoy the following perks. Offerings may vary depending on office location.

  • Opportunities to be highlighted on MG2's website and social media

  • One-on-one mentorship sessions with studio leaders

  • Access to tools like Makerbot 3D printers, industrial laser cutter and model workshop

  • Frequent in-house training sessions and seminars

  • Multiple community giving opportunities

  • Team sports and outings throughout the summer

  • Transit and toll subsidies to help with your commute

  • On-site fitness centers

  • Lots of free food and all-office breakfast Fridays

2017 Winner

Xuan Wang

Xuan Wang

University: Penn State
MG2 Office: Seattle

Xuan joined MG2’s Seattle Retail studio as a summer intern after winning last year's inaugural Recognizing Exceptional Design (R.E.D.) Student Portfolio Competition. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Huazhong University of Science & Technology and is working toward earning her Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Learn more about her experience in her Insight article, The Diary of an MG2 Intern.

Xuan Wang portfolio

Xuan Wang portfolio

Xuan Wang portfolio