Fall 2019 Competition

A fall competition presented with the Chicago Architecture Center and aligned with the 2019 edition will launch along with the Biennial in September. Annual competitions supported by BP America for middle and high school students encourage exploration of the built environment through design and also the humanities, visual and performing arts, and STEM fields. Winning entries are honored with prizes and displayed at the Chicago Cultural Center during the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Please visit bpcompetition.org for udpates and more information.

Spring 2019 Competition

The Design Challenage

The Spring 2019 BP Student Ideas Competition invited young people to respond to the question: How would you transform a vacant or underused space in your community?


First Prize
"Blackwell Hospital" by Jessica Chaidez 
10th Grade | Lindblom Math and Science Academy (Chicago, IL) | Sponsoring Teacher: Mr. Kent

Second Prize
"Engineering Museum for North Aurora Youth in Minority Ethnic Groups" by Michelle Wang
11th Grade | Illinois Math and Science Academy (Aurora, IL)    

Third Prize
"Angolo Verde" by Leslie Sadkowski
12th Grade | Jones College Prep (Chicago, IL)    

Honorable Mentions: Creative Concept
"Blackstone Barks - Dog Care on the South Side Highlighting a Major Chicago Issue" by Sandra Varona
9th Grade | Lindblom Math and Science Academy (Chicago, IL) | Sponsoring Teacher: Mr. Kent

"Homeless Housing" by Rasa Keenan Braswell
10th Grade | Chicago High School for the Arts (Chicago, IL)    
"Eco Friendly Park for Kids with Disabilities" by Lily Gonzalez and Sadie Smith
7th Grade | St. John the Baptist Catholic School (Winfield, IL) | Sponsoring Teacher: Mr. Valenta

"Team Abandoned Closes The Adventure Gap" by Ashley Baker-Shaw, Kyra Lee, Jelani Miller, and Yaree Wilson
12th Grade | ChicagoQuest and Civitas Education Partners (Chicago, IL) | Ms. Curry-Neal

"Lindblom Community Innovation Center" by Diana Miller and Steve Wilson
12th Grade | Lindblom Math and Science Academy (Chicago, IL) | Sponsoring Teacher: Mr. Anaya

Honorable Mentions: Visual Achievement
"The LightBox" by Shelby Palmer
10th Grade | Lake Central High School (St. John, IN) 
"CRRC Comer Recreational Recharge Center" by Austin Honeycutt, Jeremiah Jones, Zion McKinnie, and Michael Slater
10th, 11th, and 12th Grades | Gary Comer College Prep and Baker College Prep (Chicago, IL) | Sponsoring Teacher: Kris Cain (Gary Comer Youth Center) 

"The Ashburn Community Center Project" by Camryn Gosa
9th Grade | Lindblom Math and Science Academy (Chicago, IL) | Sponsoring Teacher: Mr. Kent

"Shine" by Baoyi Chen
10th Grade | Lincoln Park High School (Chicago, IL)       

"Brighton Park Community Center" by Elias Reschly, Fernando Cisneros, Daniel Morales
8th Grade | Shields Middle School (Chicago, IL) | Sponsoring Teacher: Mr. Nuno


Student submissions were reviewed by a jury of professionals selected by the Chicago Architecture Biennial committee based on their personal and professional success in design and the arts, involvement in local issues in Chicago, and commitment to supporting youth.

Geoffrey Baer
Television Personality, Host, and Producer
WTTW Chicago

Lisa M. Daugherty
President & CEO
Lake Area United Way

Roark Frankel
Director of Planning of Construction
Obama Foundation

Vivian Garcia
Manager of The 606
Chicago Park District

Mejay Gula
Lecturer and Gallery Curator
Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Luis Ramirez / Asend One
Graffiti Artist and Muralist

Ian Spula
Program Operations Specialist
Chicago Architecture Center

Anthony Wells
Business Manager