BP Student Ideas Competition

About

The 2019 BP Student Ideas Competition at the Chicago Architecture Biennial invited young people to respond to the following prompt:

Design a safe community space where young people can share ideas and take action on a local or global issue. Your space can be a physical place, an object, or an event.

The competition is sponsored by BP America and organized by the Chicago Architecture Biennial, in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center. The competition welcomed submissions that explored ideas about architecture and the built environment from a wide range of disciplines including design but also the humanities, visual and performing arts, and STEM fields. Strong entries will be community specific, imaginative, and exhibit a creative use of materials.

The competition was free to enter and open to students from Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, grades 7 through 12. The competition opened in September and closed in December.

A jury of eight diverse professionals convened to review student submissions to select finalists to compete for first, second, and third place prizes. Competition winners received varying cash prizes up to $500 public recognition at the final showcase and their work on display at the Chicago Architecture Biennial from December 19 to January 6, 2020.


Rules

Eligibility

  • Free to enter
  • Open to students from Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana
  • Open to students in grades 7 through 12


Timeline

September 19, 2019
Competition registration opens
 
December 6, 2019
Competition closes; submissions due by 11:59pm CST
 
December 11, 2019
Jury Review
 
December 17, 2019
Final Showcase and Awards Ceremony

Prizes

The jury will select  finalists to compete for first, second, and third place prizes. Competition winners will receive varying cash prizes up to $500,  public recognition at the final showcase and their work on display at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.  See the Competition Manual for more details.

Winning entries from the 2019 Spring competition are listed at https://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/learn/bp_competition

Winning entries from the 2017 BP Student Design Competition are listed below. The 2017 BP Student Design Competition invited young Chicagoans to solve a design challenge. Students chose to either create a bus shelter advertisement promoting a Chicago neighborhood, or design a public library that could serve as a vibrant community space. The 2017 Biennial theme, “Make New History,” served as the inspiration for the competition.

2019 Winners

First Place
First Place Winner

Jaime Morales
Marie Curie Metropolitan High School
Grade: 12 
Teacher: Paul Joanes

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Second Place
Second Place Winner

Dajanae Barbee, Sherwanna Liddel, Angelus Garay, Jayla Reese, Breanna Pitts
CICS Ralph Ellison High School
Grade: 12
Teacher: Rachel Curry-Neal

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Third Place
Third Place Winner

Nathan Sanchez
Lane Tech High School
Enrique Badillo
Lane Tech High School
Tomiah Westbrook
Carl Schurz High School
Grade: 11
Teacher: Luke Joyner

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2019 Honorable Mentions

Daniel Morales
Walter Payton College Prep
Grade: 9
Teacher: Francisco Nuno

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Azari Miller
Air Force Academy
Grade: 10
Teacher: Omar Rodriguez

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Linnea Jones
Walter Payton College Prep
Grade: 11
Teacher: Omar Rodriguez

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Damien Underwood, Jr.,
Jessica Peters,
Lacharia Reasnover,
Cedric Cade,
Jamar Roberts

CICS Chicago Quest
Teacher: Rachel Curry-Neal

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Arturo Arroyo,
Jason Guyette,
Elias Kranicke

William Howard Taft High School
Grade: 10
Teacher: Luke Joyner

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Adriana Hardin,
Jordyn Posada,
Boubacar Seck

Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy
Grade: 10
Teacher: B.Moran

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Angela Ponce Solano
Holy Trinity High School
Grade: 12
Teacher: Omar Rodriguez

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Fionn Hui
Walter Payton College Prep
Grade: 12
Teacher: Omar Rodriguez

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Jeremiah Goodman,
Tamara Wright,
Markiya O’Neal,
Christopher Lee,
Lacharia Reasnover,
Kenari Seals

Civitas Education Partners
Grade: 12
Teacher: Rachel Curry-Neal

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John Babatunde,
A’lona Davis,
Angela Hall,
Brooklynn Daniels

CICS Ralph Ellison High School
Program: Civitas Education Partners
Grade: 12
Teacher: Rachel Curry-Neal

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Thank You

The BP Student Ideas Competition enables young Chicagoans to engage in a dialogue about our buildings, neighborhoods and incredible public spaces. All of which continue to stimulate a new generation of designers who are shaping the future of our city.

A special thank you to all of the teachers, mentors, community members and jurors who supported the ambitions of every student participant. The competition jury included representatives from: BP America, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City Colleges of Chicago, Landon Bone Baker Architects, Partners by Design, Brook Architects, WBEZ, and Territory Chicago.

Catherine Baker
Principal, Landon Bone Baker Architects

Juan Jimenez
Head of Control, Compliance, Financial Risk & Functions, BP America

Karen Rigg
Project Architect, Partners by Design, Inc.

Lydia Ross
Director of Public Art, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Carrie Shepherd
Reporter, WBEZ

Helen Slade
Executive Director, Territory

RaMona Westbrook
President, Brook Architecture, Inc.

Asif Wilson
Associate Dean, Harold Washington College