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2016 National Competition

May 20, 2016

The 2016 National Competition is now open!

This nationwide ideas competition challenges participants to think outside the box and use the design process to create solutions to real-world problems. This year's competition asks participants to design an affordable housing prototype for your local town/city using neighborhood and city data to inform your solution. The competition is hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring people to discover why design matters.


SEPTEMBER 15            Competition opens/registration

DECEMBER 7                Project submission deadline        

DECEMBER 12-15         Jury Review

DECEMBER 15              Top 10 Finalists Announced

DECEMBER 16               First, Second and Third Place Winners announced


FIRST PRIZE: Trip for 1 student winner and 1 parent/guardian to Chicago.

  • Trip includes: an economy-class roundtrip flight for 2 from within the 50 United States to Chicago; 2 nights at a Chicago hotel; a $50+ dinner certificate;
  • 2 tickets to a CAF river cruise
  • 2 tickets to a CAF walking tour
  • $50 CAF Shop certificate

SECOND PRIZE: $250 CAF Shop certificate

THIRD PRIZE: $100 CAF Shop certificate

EDUCATORS: The primary educator of each of the top three winners will receive a copy of CAF’s The Architecture Handbook

Head to the Competitions Page to get started!