BP Student Design Competition


The Chicago Architecture Center and the Chicago Architecture Biennial are proud to support the Fall 2019 BP Student Design Competition. The competition asks young people to share ideas about how design can play a role in creating shared spaces and improving communities. The competition welcomes submissions that explore 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.

A comprehensive competition manual including a detailed prompt, example projects, and curriculum resources will be available for download in September 2019.

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.




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

Competition Timeline

September 19
Competition opens; Registration opens
November 22
Competition closes; Final submissions due
December 17
Competition Showcase and Awards Ceremony

Winners & Prizes

Competition winners will receive varying cash prizes and more. They will receive public recognition at a final showcase and have their work on display at the Chicago Cultural Center during the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Educators who support a project that wins first prize will receive a gift certificate for instructional supplies.

2017 Graphic Design Winners

First Place
Graphic Design Division First Place Winner

Roberto Duarte
Benito Juarez Community Academy
Grade 11

Second Place
Graphic Design Division Second Place Winner

Lisbeth Droz
Kelvyn Park High School
Grade 11

Third Place
Graphic Design Third Place Winner

Manuel Diaz
John F. Kennedy High School
Grade 11

The finalists are Christian Cerna (Junior, John F. Kennedy High School), Jovanni Chavez (6th grade, George Washington Elementary School), Mary Coats (Junior, Kenwood Academy high School), Dellanara Delgado (Junior, Kelvyn Park High School), Emmanuel Gomez (Junior, Benito Juarez Community Academy), Jimena Saldana (8th grade, Emiliano Zapata Academy), Pheonix Wojnarowski (Senior, John F. Kennedy High School).

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2017 Architecture Winners

First Place
Architecture Division First Place Winner

Uriel Gutierrez
ACE Technical Charter High School
Grade 12

Second Place
Architecture Division Second Place Winner

Miguel Rodriguez
Curie Metropolitan High School
Grade 12

Third Place
Architecture Division Third Place Winner

Autumn Woodley
Simeon Career Academy
Grade 11

The finalists are Roberto Arroyo (Junior, ITW Speer Academy), Team: Awesome Designers (Janise Poole, Tasima Allen, Roger Space, Kadeijah Bailey and Xavier Dennis) (Juniors at ACE Technical Charter High School), Junteng Chen (Senior, Curie Metropolitan High School), Brenda Gutierrez (Junior, Benito Juarez Community Academy), Galilea Ines (Junior, CICS Northtown Academy), Milena Marchan (Junior, Northside College Prep), and Cesar Teliz (Senior, Curie Metropolitan High School).

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