2020 CIRT CHALLENGE: Gastronomic Center

2020 National CIRT Design & Construction Competition Challenge

This challenge is open to the DiscoverDesign community. Yet, to be eligible to compete applicants must be a participating ACE Mentor Program student and enter with a team of three or more students and ACE Affiliate(s). See for details and download the competition packet.



Define the problem you are solving for by writing a success statement. What is the key problem, who are you solving for and what solutions are you proposing?


With the rise of interest, variety, and educational need, the objective of this project challenge is for the teams to create a space for cultural exchange through gastronomy. In this spirit, the entry should develop and provide, using construction materials and approaches, space for chefs from all around the world to exchange knowledge and share their experiences, techniques, styles, foods, and cooking methods (stoves/grills, etc.) in order to promote gastronomic education and exchange. All while providing for their own personal and professional enrichment and that of students or studio audiences (onsite and TV).

Collect Info

Gather information about the site, users and innovative community health clinics.

This challenge envisions an integrated clinic serving a local community, therefore should reflect “the style” of the area it will serve. Vital to this option is site selection and use or reuse of the available assets in the community (vs. new construction). 

What elements could be incorporated that help facilitate the medical interaction, such as enhancing flow, comfort, and recovery? As well as address the needs of accompanying individuals regarding waiting times, diversions, and entertainment.

Brainstorm Ideas

Document your ideas throughout the process. 

As ideas come together, upload sketches, floor plans, bubble diagrams, aerial maps, material studies or prototype models of your initial ideas.

Your entry must demonstrate:

  • the reason for your site selection,
  • how use of materials/construction address the challenge,
  • balance of functionality and design to achieve the project goals.

Develop Solutions

Work towards your final design.

Take your preliminary ideas and form multiple small-scale design solutions. Create digital or physical models that help articulate your more developed ideas. Discuss them as a team and make final decisions. 

All decisions should be explained and warranted based on the real world resources likely to be used for such a proposal. Provide a cost estimate (per foot) to accomplish the needs in a realistic and doable way consistent with the resources/financial support likely available in the locale.

The proposal MUST also include the precise CONSTRUCTION steps, stages, and remedies for this challenge.

Final Design

Describe your design process, approach and impact

Thoroughly describe your design process, in writing and through visuals (e.g., sketches, renderings, stepped process, before and after, budgets, timelines, etc.) that meet the precise or exact nature of the challenge and/or the client goals/needs.

Think About:

Explain how your design approach is an appropriate, innovative solution that realistically responds to the precise design competition problem.

Explain how your design is different from other approaches or processes, if such is the case. How does your design address budgetary constraints, timeline issues or other challenges?

Describe and/or demonstrate what you learned from this design competition.

The following design and construction aspects will be jury evaluation criteria, and should be explained where appropriate:

  • site selection and its context (built and/or natural)
  • constructability (structural challenges, materials, textures, colors, etc.)
  • strategy for sustainability
  • surrounding landscape/external spaces
  • life and activities, in and around the building, including the qualities of enclosed spaces showing furniture, fittings and finishes

Upload your final images, text and renderings.

ACE Teams: All work must be submitted to the competition portal by 12:00pm (midnight) CST on March 3, 2019 in order to qualify for jury review.