Learning Initiatives at the Chicago Architecture Biennial provide free educational programming to learners of all ages as a way to promote active exploration of the built environment and empower audiences to view 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
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Signature Education Partner
Visit the Chicago Architecture Center website for information on 2019 programming.
Guided Field Trips
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Documenting the Everyday
School Partners Program
The Biennial holds ongoing partnerships with a select number of Chicago Public Schools high schools in an effort to bring architecture and design learning to schools without these programs. School Partners engage with the Biennial through co-creating learning opportunities, visits to the Biennial and partner sites, and entering competitions.
If you think your school would be a good fit for the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Youth Studios will serve high school students across the city between July and December 2019. Each studio is hosted by a community partner, expanding the Biennial's reach into neighborhoods across Chicago.
- 2019 Youth Studio Partners:
- The Available City
- BUILD, Inc. with LBBA Labs
- Bustle 5K
- Chicago Arts Partnership in Education
- Chicago Mobile Makers
- Design Museum of Chicago with Norman Teague
- NEXT.cc Designopedia
- Plant Chicago
- Space Lab with DLR Group
- Territory NFP
Young People's Guide
English | Spanish
BP Student Ideas Competition
For a complete calendar and submission details, please visit bpcompetition.org
Teen Ambassador Program
Youth and Family Programs
October 7 - October 27
BP Student Ideas Competition
Winning submissions from spring 2019 responding to the question: how would you transform a vacant or underused space in your community?
October 28 - November 10
SOILED Magazine Illustrations from the newest edition of SOILED Magazine featuring architecture stories for children.
November 11 - November 24
Our Great Great Wall
"Our wall does not divide but congregates by recognizing diversity as the building blocks of beauty."
Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture
Jennifer Park, Project Lead
Student team: Arshia Dizna, Caleb Schemmel, Hiram Torres, Kaitlin Weishaar, Marcela Teixeira Pereira, Semra Defterali, Seniha Ozturk, Yun Woo Kim