Learning Initiatives


Learning Initiatives at the Chicago Architecture Biennial provide free programming to learners of all ages as a way to promote active exploration of the built environment and empower audiences to use architecture and design as tools for change. We aim to:

—Facilitate meaningful and ongoing engagements with schools, community organizations, universities, museums, and other cultural institutions

—Encourage connections between Biennial content and local topics and communities

—Reach students from populations historically underrepresented in architecture; provide opportunities for co-learning between professionals and the general public; and engage with learners of all ages and from a diversity of perspectives


Learning Initiatives provides opportunities for active engagement with key issues through the lens of architecture, design, and urbanism. Current programs are listed below.


The Chicago Architecture Biennial hosts annual competitions for elementary and high school students. For more information about competitions and to see past winning projects, visit our competition page.

Youth Studios

Youth Studios are presented in partnership with youth-serving community organizations. Youth Studios pair high school students with professional mentors and introduce the ways that architecture and design relate to students’ lives and encourage them to engage with the field through careers or civic engagement.

Get Involved

Are you an organization or educator looking for ways to engage your students in conversations about how they can play a role in shaping our cities and world through architecture and design?

Contact us!