Submission: September 09, 2015
Registration:  August 19, 2015
Language: English
Location: Chicago, USA
Prizes: 1st Prize: $10000, 2nd Prize: $5000, 3rd Prize $2,500
Type: Open 


Competitors will propose a facility that includes the new headquarters, visitor center and exhibition spaces of the Chicago Architecture Foundation; a new headquarters for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH); a design and allied arts high school; and flexible learning spaces for out-of-school-time youth programs.

The Center for Architecture, Design and Education (CADE) will be a new kind of learning campus that simultaneously serves as a welcoming center for 600,000 annual Chicago visitors; provides a learning environment that equips young people to be stewards for the built environment in the 21st Century (and beyond); and is a hub for community engagement.


CADE will reaffirm the crucial role architecture and design play in the future of Chicago and will serve as a model for future learning environments that not only improve student achievement but act as catalysts for vibrant community engagement around local design challenges and opportunities. In order to demonstrate the opportunity of a new educational model, the design of CADE will need to integrate four major programmatic areas:

  • The Center for Architecture, Design and Education will inspire millions through the story of Chicago’s design legacy and architectural innovation, as well as Chicago’s leading role in the on-going creation and understanding of tall buildings around the world. CADE will provide a new home for the Chicago Architecture Foundation and allow CAF to grow as a cultural institution by offering more tours, programs, exhibitions, field trips, curricula and online tools, not only to the Chicago community but also to visitors and the international community alike.
  • The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the inception, design, construction, and operation of tall buildings and future cities. CADE will house the CTBUH headquarters and accommodate professional development programs for architects, engineers, urban planners, developers and contractors around the world.
  • The design and allied arts high school will provide well designed, technology-rich, in-school learning spaces, for up to 600 high school students, that motivate learners and promote learning as an activity, support collaborative as well as formal practice, provide personalized and inclusive environments and are flexible in the face of changing needs. The design of CADE will go beyond traditional models of school design, enabling, facilitating and amplifying program optimization and shared space potential between formal and informal education providers.
  • Utilizing community mentors to work on real-world problems, CADE will foster innovative out-of-school-time programs designed to help students become better stewards for their city. CADE will include: a youth-run entrepreneurial space, youth-centered learning space, civic performance spaces, a learning garden, kitchen and cafe.

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