2022 Lyceum Fellowship – Underland

Submission: May 26, 2022

Registration: May 26, 2022
Language: English
Location: Texas, USA
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Free, Student Competition


The program introduces a number of overlapping themes or ideas to consider. The primary task is to create a boundary and threshold between the buildable portion of the protected historic cave area. Conceptually it is a boundary between the “present day suburban condition” and the interior protected cave or “deep time” of the Pleistocene epoch (ice age). This is both a literal and conceptual boundary experience. Consider the experience of going back in time 20,000 years or so.

The project is sited on the Friesenhahn Cave site outside of San Antonio which is owned and managed by Concordia University in Austin, Texas. The cave is one of the most important paleontological sites in the United States. Homotherium serum or Scimitar Tooth Cats lived in the cave more than 15,000 years ago and used it as their den. The cave’s original formation, with its descending entry ramp leading deep into the earth, made an ideal home for the Ice Age cats. This 20,000 year old single room den is located on an approximately four acre site, situated in the midst of the suburban sprawl of San Antonio. The impressive feline remains originally found in the cave are in the Texas Memorial Museum on the University of Texas Campus.


The 2022 competition is open to architecture students currently enrolled in NAAB accredited programs in North America.


First Prize — $12,000 for three months of travel abroad

Second Prize — $8,000 for two months of travel abroad

Third Prize — $4,500 for one month of travel abroad


>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<

Date: September 1, 2021