In collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the City of Chicago, the Biennial provides opportunities for teachers and students to spark the interests of the next generation of architects and designers. Education programs include a teaching guide, field trips, Saturday Studio Master Classes with architects and designers, the Teen Ambassador program, and the BP Student Design Competition. These programs reach thousands of Chicago-area youth to broaden their participation and interest in cutting-edge contemporary architecture and design.

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Educator Guide

The 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Educator Guide is available for free download here. This guide supports teachers, providing them with key questions and tips when seeing the Biennial.  Educators are encouraged to bring their students and to explore exhibitions through interprestive themese such as Play, LIve, Gather, and Work. The Educator Guide is designed with to be used throughout the exhibition, and can be adapted to supplement curriular interests. 

BP Student Design Competition

Chicago Public School students aged 13 or older are eligible to enter the BP Design Competition. The BP Design Competition challenges participants to think outside the box and design a pocket park that would improve access to an public open space for a Chicago-area neighborhood. 

Awards are given to the top 10 designs. Prizes and members of the jury will be announced shortly.

Further information about the BP Design Competition can be found here.

Teen Ambassadors

Select high school students are invited to receive training and become a Teen Ambassador docent. Stationed at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturdays and Sundays, these Teen Ambassadors serve as interpretive exhibition guides and primary points of contact for the public to ask questions about the Biennial.

Guided Field Trips

CAF leads unique “walking workshop” field trips that offer a thematic and inquiry-based exploration of several Biennial installations. These 90-minute field trips are aligned to Common Core standards and recommended for students grades 5 through 12. They are offered Tuesday through Friday and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Biennial field trips are free to schools serving students who are Chicago residents. A limited number of buses are available upon request. Field trips explore the Biennial exhibitions within the Chicago Cultural Center. They begin and end at the center’s Washington Street entrance.

Please click here to request a CAF-led Field Trip or for more information