2016 National DiscoverDesign Winners

The 2016 National DiscoverDesign Competition challenged students across the country to design an affordable housing prototype for your local town/city or location of their choice. Students used neighborhood and city data to inform their design decisions and present a digital or physical model for an affordable housing unit. This year 249 students registered for the competition, yielding 150 completed student submissions for the jury to review, representing 30 schools from 12 states. A jury of five architecture and public policy professionals reviewed student work and deliberated over which projects would receive the final awards. Thank you to the jury for their time and expertise. Meet the 2016 competition jury 

Introducing the competition winners:

Jurors selected ten finalists including a tie for first place, second and third place winners. The first place winners are Denilson Saavedra (Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Chicago, Illinois) and Antonio Trejo (Advanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada). The second place winner is Meejan Patel (Atlanta International School, Atlanta, Georgia). The third place winner is Andrew Shepherd (Advanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada).

The finalists are Carmen Bushorn (Advanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada), Tavion Byrd (Curie Metro High School, Chicago, Illinois), Caden Franc (Advanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada), Diego Samaniego (Advanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas, Nevada), Vincent Sangpo (High School for Math, Science, and Engineering at City College, Brooklyn, New York), Haley Unthank (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania). Thank you to all of the competition participants, and a special thank you to the teachers who supported them and encouraged all of their hardwork. 

The Chicago Architecture Foundation has hosted this national ideas competition since 2012 when DiscoverDesign was first launched. In 2016, DIscoverDesign underwent major updates to improve the student and teacher experience. View more student work from the competition in the Student Gallery 





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