2016 National Competition

Submitted by admin on Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:20

The 2016 National DiscoverDesign.org 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!