DiscoverDesign Competitions

Ready for a challenge? Compete with teens across the country to solve design challenges for the built environment.

Looking for an opportunity to build your portfolio and have your work featured on DiscoverDesign? Join a competition! DiscoverDesign hosts competitions year-round that will challenge you to solve real-world design problems. In each competition, a jury of professional architects, designers and engineers select the finalists and winners. Earn the top prize, digital badges for participating or even get featured on the homepage.


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Submission Deadline: December 6, 2019

The 2019 BP Student Ideas Competition at the Chicago Architecture Biennial invites young people to respond to the following prompt: Design a safe community space where young people can share ideas and take action on a local or global issue. Your space can be a physical place, an object, or an event.

The competition is sponsored by BP America and organized by the Chicago Architecture Biennial, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center. The competition will welcome submissions that explore ideas about architecture and the built environment from a wide range of disciplines including design but also the humanities, visual and performing arts, and STEM fields. Strong entries will be community specific, imaginative, and exhibit a creative use of materials..


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Submission Deadline: March 3, 2020

The 2020 CIRT National Design & Construction Competition invites ACE Mentor Affiliate teams (student and mentors) from across the country to design solutions for one of three challenges: water resource management, a national pavilion, and a gastronomic center.

The competition is maintained, coordinated and juried by the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), in coordination with ACE Mentor National and the Chicago Architecture Center. The 2020 theme celebrates the innovations and contributions the design and construction community make to the quality of American life, while understanding the issues and challenges the industry faces to deliver on this legacy.

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