Student Ideas Competition Awards Ceremony

In May 2021, CAB hosted its 5th Student Ideas Competition. Since 2015, CAB's youth competitions have encouraged middle and high school students to explore how design can play a role in creating shared spaces and improving communities. CAB invites submissions that address architecture and the built environment from a wide range of disciplines including design, the humanities, visual and performing arts, and STEM fields. Competitions are open to Chicagoland students in grades 7-12 and are free to enter.

The Spring 2021 competition prompt, inspired by CAB's upcoming edition The Available City, led by Artistic Director David Brown, asked: How can existing urban spaces be reimagined to better reflect the needs and interests of local residents?

The Virtual Awards Ceremony honors all of the participants in this year's competition as well as announcing 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place winners and honorable mentions. Winners will receive cash and technology prizes. All projects were reviewed by our panel of distinguished jurors. The winning entries have been identified for being community specific, imaginative, and exhibiting a creative use of materials.