Privacy / Safe Use


The privacy and online safety of students using DiscoverDesign is very important to us. To protect your privacy, DiscoverDesign incorporates Lean Data Practices. This means we limit the personal information we collect from you and publish on the website, and we do not share your data with anyone. Ever. Our policies are in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

Using DiscoverDesign

You can view design projects and lessons on this website without registering or providing any personal information. But if you want to upload/create your own projects to the website or add comments to projects, you must be over the age of 13 and need to register for an account on the website.

When choosing a username, keep in mind that your username is public and will be seen by teachers, peers, architects and designers across the country. We strongly encourage you to chose a username that is both professional and speaks well of your creative work.

Do NOT use your full name or your email address as part of your username. We will review and may remove any username at our sole discretion.

When you register for an account on the website, we ask for some information. The required information is your username, user role, password, date of birth, city, and state. We ask for your birth date to confirm that you over the age of 13. We do not ask for your phone number or home address.

We ask for your email address so that we can tell you when there are important changes or new features in this site. However, you do not have to give us your email address to view this website.

We do not make any of your profile information public on the website, except your username and profile page content (related teachers, badges earned, and design projects). Neither your full name nor your school name will ever be displayed anywhere on this website.

We put a "cookie" on your computer to keep track of when you are logged onto DiscoverDesign. (A cookie is a small data file that indicates that you have been to a particular website.) Although we may provide external website links, we do not have any third-party cookies.

We do not share, sell, or rent your information to anyone.

Changing Your Password

You can change your password at any time. If you want to change your password visit the My Account tab near the top of any page.

Deleting Your Account

If you wish to delete your account, please email and let us know: 1) your username, 2) the email address used on the account, and 3) the date of birth used on the account. We will cancel your account and all data associated with it. No questions asked.

Contacting Us

If you have questions about this privacy policy or any other issue, you can:

email us:

send us mail
c/o Education
Chicago Architecture Foundation
111 E. Wacker, Suite 1321
Chicago, IL 60601

phone: (312) 922-3432


CAF seeks to provide an environment where students, teachers, and architecture professionals can interact safely among themselves and also with their classmates, friends, and people around them.

Students under 13 years old are not permitted to create an account in order to comment on others' work and are not permitted to upload their own work. In addition, parents of students 13 years and older should consider whether their child should be supervised during his or her use of the site.

We need all users to report suspicious people and inappropriate content they may encounter on this site.

Despite CAF's safety and privacy controls, CAF cannot guarantee that its site is entirely free of illegal or offensive material, or that its users will not encounter inappropriate or illegal conduct from other members. Consequently, you may encounter such content and conduct. As a registered user, you can flag any comment as inappropriate. You are also welcome to email us at to report inappropriate content.

Where confidential complaints are made through this site reporting tool, we will use our best efforts promptly to remove the objectionable content or conduct and to warn or, as appropriate, to bar from the site those transmitting such content or engaging in such conduct, usually within 24-48 hours of receiving your complaint. Where a complaint is made by independent email to CAF will seek to acknowledge receipt of your complaint and begin addressing your complaint within 1-2 business days of receipt. CAF will seek to report back to you within 3 business days of receiving your email complaint to inform you of the steps CAF has taken to address the complaint.

Always follow these important safety tips when using this site:

  • Never share your password with anyone.
  • Never post your email address.
  • Be cautious about posting and sharing any personal information, especially information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline, such as your home address, telephone number, or a photo of your home.
  • If you don't know already someone personally or through real world friends, never meet anyone in person that you communicated with online.
  • Report users and inappropriate content or conduct that violates our Terms of Use.


We value your privacy and recognize your right to opt in/out of email. When registering for an email account on DiscoverDesign, a valid email address is required. All emails from DiscoverDesign will be sent to this address. By registering for an account, you are opting in to receive email messages from DiscoverDesign. Your email address is not made public and will only be used if you wish to receive news or notifications by email. You can opt-out of receiving emails by sending us an email and letting us know you would like to opt out of receiving emails, or by clicking on the unsubscribe link in any email we send.