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 email@example.com
- 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
Saturday, November 30 | 12:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Kid-Friendly Biennial Tour
Saturday, November 30 | 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 PM
Saturday, December 14 | 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 PM
Architecture and Memory with Chicago Mobile Makers Family Drop-In Activity
Saturday, December 7 | 12:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Gingerbread Architecture Family Drop-In Activity
Sunday, December 8 | 12:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Saturday, December 21 | 12:00 - 3:00 P.M.
October 7 - October 27
BP Student Ideas Competition
Winning submissions from our spring 2019 student competition responding to the question: How would you transform a vacant or underused space in your community?
October 28 - November 10
Selections from the newest edition of SOILED Magazine Onceuponascrapers, a collection of illustrated architectural children’s stories akin to “picture books” that narrate contemporary ideas about architecture and the built environment.
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
Project Lead: Jennifer Park
Student team: Arshia Dizna, Caleb Schemmel, Hiram Torres, Kaitlin Weishaar, Marcela Teixeira Pereira, Semra Defterali, Seniha Ozturk, Yun Woo Kim
November 25 - December 7
A Day in the Studio with Territory
Territory presents outcomes from their Biennial Youth Studio program A Day in the Studio with Territory. During this workshop, Territory shared the design process they use to re-imagine and re-claim public spaces in our communities. This teen-led immersive workshop presented new tools and insights into community engaged, youth-led design.
December 8 - December 15
The Available City - CCA Academy PermaPark Pin-Up
Outcomes from a four part workshop with CCA Academy students that enabled them to think about designs for a gathering space that the students will help construct in the Spring. The workshops are part of the larger The Available City - North Lawndale project, an exposition planned for July-October 2020 that examines the role that collective space can have in the city today.