Competition

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is seeking educators and students to participate in an ideas competition with the opportunity to win cash prizes and more. The competition, sponsored by BP and presented by the Chicago Architecture Biennial in collaboration with the Chicago Public Library, will ask young people to share ideas about how design can play a role in creating shared spaces and improving communities. The competition will welcome submissions that explore ideas about architecture and the built environment from a wide range of disciplines including design but also the humanities, visual and performing arts, and STEM fields. A comprehensive competition manual including a detailed prompt, example projects, and curriculum resources will be available for download once registration is open.

Dates

  • Registration Opens: Monday, January 28, 2019

  • Competition Closes: Friday, April 12, 2019

  • Awards Ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center: April 2019  

Eligibility

  • Free to enter

  • Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana students in grades 7-12 are welcome to participate

  • Students may submit as an individual or as a part of a team (as small as two students, or as large as an entire class)

Prizes

  • First Place Winner receives $500, the opportunity to work with a Chicago Architecture Biennial Participant or Partner, VIP tickets to a Chicago Architecture Biennial preview event, admission tickets to the Chicago Architecture Center, and additional prizes

  • Second Place Winner receives $300, a studio tour with a Chicago Architecture Biennial Participant or Partner, admission tickets to the Chicago Architecture Center, and additional prizes

  • Third Place Winner receives $200, a private tour of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, admission tickets to the Chicago Architecture Center, and additional prizes

  • Honorable Mentions receive $100 and additional prizes

  • All participants are eligible for a Digital Achievement Badge

Judging

A group of judges invited by the Biennial and our partners will asses submissions based on a predetermined rubric. Judges will include representatives from the Chicago Architecture Biennial, BP America, Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Obama Foundation, and more.

Contact

Tess Landon, Manager of Learning Initiatives, Chicago Architecture Biennial

education@chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org