'My Dream Home' Student design competition

Call to all design students! This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! $12,110 in prizes including Cash and BIM/CAD design software + your work published on our web sites around the world + CAD International certificate showing your winning status (that you can use when applying for work) + guest blog feature & social media feature for best designs. What do you imagine as your dream home? Registration closing November 30, 2019. Prizes split between only 3 winners, First, Second and Third.

Total Prize Pool Valued at $12,110!


Open to: Australian and New Zealand students only

Submission Deadline








NEW Submission Deadline: March 31, 2020 (12pm AEST)

Project Submission to: info@cad.com.au

Important Announcements

Registration Deadline Extended


Attention all students:

Hope you are all staying safe with the spread of COVID-19. I am just sending you a quick update in regards to our competition. As of today, the competition due date is being deferred by 1 week due to unforeseen circumstances caused by COVID-19. The new deadline is 31 March, @ 12pm (AEST).


You should all be close to finalising your projects and we’re all super excited to see what you all came up.

We encourage you to submit even if you don’t think it’s perfect yet. You have till Tuesday, 31 March @ 12pm.


Send your finalised work to info@cad.com.au

My Dream home: student design competition


Have you ever seen an amazing house in an architecture magazine and been awestruck by its beauty, its location or its simplicity? Be it Frank Lloyd Wright’s solitary Falling-water or a house on the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini; Be it Mies van der Rohe’s minimalistic play with glass and steel or Batman’s high-tech underground bunker; there is a lot of fantastic architecture all around us.

The idea for the competition arose from our software partners in Hungary, who develop an innovative architecture, interior design, and furniture design software called ARCHLine.XP – They entered their users in the Style & Draw Competition. The task for one of their interior design competitions was for designers to plan their dream home using the software:


So, we decided, as a partner, why not run our own design competition? This got us thinking that a lot of people like to discuss their dream homes, but not everyone has the technical skills to present their ideas on paper. Luckily, we as architects and designers do.

So, this is the opportunity that you’ve been waiting for! We want you to spend some time learning and using ARCHLine.XP software (which is free for students) to design your dream home within a unique site context. It’s a very user-friendly software and has some really cool tools to help you with your design (both internally and externally) Here are just a few:

The software will have everything you need! We will also provide you with free email support along the way if you get stuck with the software. You can contact us any weekday for support. There are also a heap of training videos and webinars you can watch to learn the software. Overall, this will be an opportunity to test how much of a fast learner you are, how quickly you can adapt to problems and how well you are able to conceptualise and document your design using some of these tools. You are free to use any of these tools and will also be judged on how well you are able to utilise the ones you used.


The aim of the competition is to manifest your dreams into reality and to create a dream home based on it. The purpose is for you to define your dream home and give it a unique layout, form, typology, type, materiality, size, and setting. We want you to start with a concept and show us how your design relates to this concept. We want you to use ARCHLine.XP (free educational license) for your design.

You are free to produce renders in whichever software you want, including ARCHLine.XP’s own. Modeling, plans, sections, elevations must all be done in ARCHLine.XP and a project model must be emailed along with your panels. You are encouraged to creatively use some of the tools the software provides to create your design. ARCHLine.XP lets you export floor plans, elevations, sections, perspectives etc. into whichever format to use in your presentation panels.

The competition is open to all students (TAFE, universities, tertiary institutions, architecture students, design students, interior design students, diploma of building design, etc.).


Each team’s design submission will be reviewed by academic and professional design experts, and CAD software experts. You will all be rated on the following:


  • Strategic Design: Demonstrate a clear understanding of the fit between your design and its setting. Consider the creative opportunities and constraints and how your design is uniquely integrated within the setting.
    -Architecture/building design students should show how the building relates to the chosen site.
    -Interior Design students should demonstrate the fit between the chosen building style, interior design and the site.
  • Siting: Site-responsive design. Site constraints overcome and building uniquely integrated into the site setting. Clear and bold strategies for the planning and massing of built form.
  • Concept Design: Show that ideas have been thoroughly explored and that your ideas are innovative and have been adopted with confidence and clarity. Synthesis of analysis and ideas on a chosen house & living typology. Provide a history of how your concept was formed, what was its source or motivation?
  • Material choices: Use of practical materials and construction methods to achieve your desired result. Innovative use of materials reflects thorough design decisions and concept. 
  • Design Methods: Use of appropriate design methods such as contextual research, reflection, critique, analysis, and empirical evaluation.
  • Presentation: Clarity and strategic organisation of panels, visual material & documentation. Presentation is visually striking and effectively communicates design ideas & design resolution. How well is the audience ‘sold’ on your design?
  • Design: Clarity and credibility of design focus, purpose, and solution relative to the posed challenge. Innovative and bold design solutions are present. Quality of visual justification of how to design relates to the design concept. Unique visual justification of layout, form, typology, type, materiality, size, and setting.
  • Artist Statement: Originality and quality of the design solution, including claims and their supporting evidence. Quality of written justification of how to design relates to the design concept. Clarity of extended abstract and supplementary material. Thorough and unique research of design typology that relates to the design concept and design resolution. Creative and persuasive justification of layout, formtypology, type, materiality, size, and setting.
  • ARCHLine.XP Project File: Provide your project file with the complete 3D model and 2D Layouts. Show that a good range of ARCHLine.XP tools were utilised to create your design. 


For students only. Registration is FREE. All students must submit their student details as evidence of enrollment as laid out below. 

1. To register each team member must email info@cad.com.au the following details

  • Full Name
  • Postal Address (including House / Unit Number, Street Name, City, State and Post Code) 
  • Contact phone number (landline or mobile)
  • Email address
  • Proof of educational status, such as your student ID picture or similar with a valid date on it
  • Name of the course you are enrolled in
  • Name of the school, college, or university you are attending

2. Your team name and how many team members there are or whether it is individual. 

3. Once your details are approved, we will send you a registration number and free ARCHLine.XP educational license. 

Only one proposal may be submitted for each registration made, however each competitor or team may present as many projects as registrations completed, since each proposal is assigned a different registration number. 

Once you have been registered you can start learning the software and start to work on your design! You will have the entire summer holidays to produce your design. 




Submission Deadline: February 25, 2020 (12:00 pm AEST)    NEW Submission Deadline: March 24, 2019 (12pm AEST)

Pre-Registration: October 11-20, 2019

Standard Registration Deadline: November 30, 2019    NEW Registration Deadline: December 29, 2019

Start Learning the software: After registration
Jury Deliberation: Feb 1 – April 10, 2020
Announcement of Winners: April 15, 2020

    Total Prize Pool Valued at $12,110


    1st Prize 

    Prize Valued at $6,940

    = $1000 Cash

    + Full ARCHLine.XP Pro 2 year Commercial Software License

    + Prize Winners Certificate 

    + Feature on guest blog / Website & social media pages

    Value = Commercial license of ARCHLine.XP Pro valued at $5940 + $1000 cash

    2nd Prize 

    Prize Valued at $3,470

    = $500 Cash

    + Full ARCHLine.XP Pro Commercial License (valid for 1 year)

    + Prize Winners Certificate

    + Feature on our guest blog / Website & social media pages

    Value = Commercial license of ARCHLine.XP Pro valued at $2,970 + $500 cash

    3rd Prize 

    Prize Valued at $1,700

    = $250 Cash

    + 1 x ARCHLine.XP LT Commercial License

    + Prize Winners Certificate

    + Feature on our guest blog/Website & social media pages

    Value = Commercial license of ARCHLine.XP LT valued at $1450 + $250 cash

    10 Honorable Mentions to be published on the official website & guest blog


    • Cash prize provided immediately following your win.
    • Commercial license provided at the completion of your course so you can use it commercially.
    • Educational license provided free to complete the competition.
    • Judges decisions are final. Prizes can not be exchanged or on-sold. 

    Submission Requirements


    1. A2 Panels: 1-2 A2 Panels sent as a link (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.) in either a jpeg or pdf format. We would strongly encourage you to send files as a link. Please keep the file size to a medium file size to reduce load times (around 25MB total per panel). A2 Panels to include the following:

    • Interior & exterior render views
    • Explanatory diagrams
    • Elevations
    • Sections
    • Scaled floor plans
    • Location Map
    • Explanatory text (to be kept at a minimum)

    * as a special condition, we allow interior designers to focus more on internal elevations & internal renders while architects & building designers can focus more on exterior renders and external elevations. We do not discriminate against any practice and you are not rated more highly for focusing on certain building aspects. You are rated on your design resolution and how well it relates to your site and concept. 

    2. Artist Statement: A4 copy of artist statement (maximum 1-2 pages). Should contain some references and sources for design inspiration or how these informed your concept. Reference list excluded from page limit.

    3. Project Model: Full ARCHLine.XP project model emailed to us (can be included in the link).

    4. Renders: Renders used in panels also submitted as seperate jpeg files. 

    Submit to: info@cad.com.au

    Submit before February 25, 2020 (12:00 pm AEST)

    Only one proposal may be submitted for each registration made, however each competitor or team may present as many projects as registrations completed, since each proposal is assigned a different registration number. 

    Language: English
    Type: Open to all students (TAFE, university, architecture students, interior design students, building design diploma etc.)



      ARCHLine.XP Trial: https://archlinexp.com.au/trial-download 

      ARCHLine.XP FREE Educational License: email info@cad.com.au with the following details to request your license details:

      • Full Name
      • Postal Address (including House / Unit Number, Street Name, City, State and Postal Code)
      • Contact phone number (landline or mobile)
      • Email address
      • Proof of educational status, such as your student ID picture or similar with a valid date on it
      • Name of the course you are enrolled in
      • Name of the school, college, or university you are attending

      Note that your student license will run for 6 months and you will need to renew your license with us again. As long as you’re still a student, we can renew it free of charge. 

        What is ARCHLine.XP?

        ARCHLine.XP is a powerful, comprehensive, all-in-one BIM / CAD software that excels at architectural and interior design as well as cabinet and furniture design. It is equipped with a fully integrated Open BIM interface, providing the tools to create coordinated and computable building models. Every output such as floor plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, renders and data are in one comprehensive model. Your BIM projects are fully coordinated and they don’t require any manual updates to keep them synchronized. When working with ARCHLine.XP architectural design software you can create: floor plan views, section views, elevation views, perspective views, construction details, printing layouts, schedules, Excel reports, renderings, photo inserts, bills of materials and even animations.

        How compatible is ARCHLine.XP to other software?

        ARCHLine.XP is highly compatible in its file imports and exports. File imports include RFA, XML, FBX, SKP, 3DS, OBJ, KMZ, DAE, JPG, PDF, EXCEL, IFC, DWG, & DXF. Exports include: DWG, DXF, XML, FBX, SKP, 3DS, OBJ, MODO, KMZ, ATL, XML, C4D, JPG, PDF, EXCEL, IFC. We try to prevent isolating our users from other software and want to remain as compatible as possible to ensure greater user-friendliness.  

        Why Haven’t I heard of ARCHLine.XP before now?

        ARCHLine.XP is developed in Budapest and in Europe is very well known. In Australasia the software has only recently been introduced. Most of the money from sales in Europe has gone back in to R&D rather on expansion but in 2018 with the most capable product ready to go that changed and ARCHLine.XP is ramping up its marketing to expand to the rest of the world. The software is very popular in Hungary, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland and we have 22 partners globally. 

        Can I download manufacturer content or BIM content?

        RFA imports can be quite useful, since almost all manufacturers who provide downloadable ‘BIM’ models occasinally provide them exclusively in Revit® format.

        ARCHLine.XP connects to online BIM libraries such as Cadenas® and BIMobject® – use these platform to import actual objects with their BIM parameters directly into your ARCHLine.XP model. You can also download content from the 3D Warehouse. 


        Which CAD tools do I need to know before making a start with ARCHLine.XP?

        You can rely on your existing CAD skills to draft your buildings. Use the actions and tools you are already familiar with, draw walls, openings, add floors, and manage your structure with layers.

        Adjust intricate building details, such as roofs, balustrades and staircases. Add your objects and group them at will. Add annotations to your 2D or 3D drawing, and create a custom plot layout to be able to send your project in a formatted way.

        Can I import IFC models?

        ARCHLine.XP offers a buildingSMART-certified IFC import and export, based on the IFC2x3-TC1 version. Using the IFC file format provides you with unrivaled collaboration opportunities, and marks the end of project misinterpretation and data loss.

        Which render engine does ARCHLine.XP use?

        ARCHLine.XP uses a built-in render machine called Thea Render, which is produced by Altair. Thea Render is one of the most versatile renderer featuring state-of-the-art Unbiased, Biased and GPU engines. There is now also a plug-in Real-time renderer called ‘ARCHLine.XP Live’ that can be used for rendering and animation even whilst modelling.

        Competition Terms

        This competition will be decided in an open, anonymous process in a single stage by an expert decision panel (jury). The competition is purely academic. The submitted proposals will be part of a virtual exhibition within the ARCHLine.XP and CAD International web pages, which will open this debate to other architects and interested individuals.

        All submitted materials will be made available for publication by CAD International and its partners globally.

        Any decision taken will preserve the principles of non-discrimination. Our commitment to the winners is limited to the awards mentioned in this program. No further contractual relations will arise between ARCHLine.XP, CAD International and the winners of this competition, as its objective is only the reflection on the topics discussed and does not involve the execution of the projects. Competition is subject to the entry of and submission by enough competitors (as deemed by CAD International) necessary to warrant the competition to be viable.



        All correspondence related to this competition to be directed to
        CAD International at:
        Address: PO Box 796, Avalon Beach, NSW, 2107, Australia
        – Phone: +61 28 311 06 06
        Email: info@cad.com.au
        Website: www.cad.com.au

        All questions will be dealt by email.



        All students of architecture, building design, interior design or any student of a related course at a tertiary institution can enter this competition. Proposals may be submitted individually or as a team of up to 3 people max.

        The following are prohibited to enter this competition: Any member of the jury or decision panel, or regular partners, or employees, contractors of CAD International or associated entities. The non-compliance of any of these conditions will result in disqualification of the competitor or team involved.



        NEW Submission Deadline: March 24, 2019 (12pm AEST)

        NEW Registration Deadline: December 29, 2019

        Start Learning the software: After registration
        Jury Deliberation: March 24 – April 15, 2020
        Announcement of Winners: April 16, 2020


        Judges decisions are final. Prizes can not be exchanged or on-sold. Prize value may vary depending on exchange rates at the time. Prize values have been calculated based on the retail price as at 01/10/2019. 


        Contact Us


        CAD/ ARCHLine.XP Inquiries: info@cad.com.au

        Hendrik Boshoff: hendrik@cad.com.au 

        Nigel Varley: nigel@cad.com.au 

        ARCHLine.XP, Hungary: info@archlinexp.com 


        Training Videos

        Have a look through our training videos to help you with your design resolution. We have a large library of content to assist you step-by-step.

        ARCHLine.XP is an all-in-one BIM / CAD software for architecture, interior design and furniture and fit-out design.


        Previous Competitions

        Style & draw interior design competition

        2nd Place

        I think it’s quite a challenge for any designer to design their own homes, because the end result will reflect their own personality, style, values and professional skills. I dreamed up a home for our family, the space to which it’s a pleasure to return, and which can be a suitable meeting ground for friends and family alike.
        I was going for an elegant, sophisticated and modest contemporary style. I like to apply the “less is more” principle in my work – and this is what motivated me here as well.
        We placed suspended ceilings everywhere, so there are no pelmets – the curtains are hanging from a hidden, double rail mechanism. Also, the suspended ceiling made it possible to have recessed spotlights, which emphasize the contemporary architectural forms and shapes nicely.
        My family has three members, our daughter has already grown up, she is not living with us anymore, but gladly visits us frequently, and this was taken into consideration. The net area is 94,35 M2 with an additional 21,78 M2 garage and a unique 12,32 M2 conservatory. I started working by removing the partition walls of the original floor plan, and creating a whole new room layout. The living room doors, opening to the terrace, were turned into windows, and the terrace door was resized, and a new entrance door was also chosen.

        Your Guides

        Contact us via email for technical support and CAD support if you get stuck!

        Hendrik Boshoff

        Queensland University of Technology Architecture (Honours) Student, ARCHLine.XP Support, CAD Support

        Zoltán Tóth

        Manager, ARCHLine.XP Support

        Illés Papp

        Architect, ARCHLine.XP Support

        Nigel Varley

        CEO, CAD International

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