The annual Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition showcases the talents of Chicago-area students who create projects that solve real-world problems.
Named after late Illinois Senator Richard Newhouse, this competition gives students an opportunity to practice and refine design skills and create a project that could be part of their portfolio. It inspires teens to understand why design matters by researching, representing and redesigning the built environment to solve challenges that are personal and place-based.
The 37th annual Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition partners with firms, non-profits and studios that work on Chicago-focused issues. These partners helped define the divisions and will serve on the jury that evaluates division entries. For more information on each partner, see the Newhouse Student Manual.
Advanced Architecture: Dragon Boat Racing Facility
Digital & Physical Modeling: Chicago Bungalow
Industrial Design: African American Heritage Water Trail
Fine Arts: Building Identity Self-Portrait
Graphic Design: Open House Chicago Bus Shelter Poster
Photography: Architectural Photo Essay
Any Chicago-area high school student is allowed to participate in Newhouse. Students participating in after school programs or working independently should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you plan, set goals and finish! Students can also attend Teen Open Studios on Thursdays at the CAC to work on their projects and receive feedback.
Competition Jury & Entry Evaluation
CAC will convene a robust network of more than 40 professional architects, designers and engineers to serve as jurors for Newhouse entries. Each division will be chaired by the division partners. Jurors will review and evaluate student work for evidence of the design process, critical thinking and professional presentation.
The Newhouse Competition is generously supported by