CIRT National Design & Construction Competition

About

"What we learn, we learn by doing."–Aristotle, Greek philosopher

The 2018 CIRT National Design & Construction Competition invites ACE Mentor Affiliate teams (student and mentors) from across the country to design solutions for one of three challenges: an ultra-flexible home, an ideal high school or revitalize an urban block.

The competition is maintained, coordinated and juried by the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), in coordination with ACE Mentor National and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The 2018 theme celebrates the innovations and contributions the design and construction community makes to the quality of American life, while understanding the issues and challenges the industry faces to deliver on this legacy.

Challenges

Flexible Home Challenge

Design a modular, ultra-flexible, middle-class home that can be easily expanded, contracted or split during the lifetime of its owners. Design and construct a basic, minimum footprint module that can accommodate reasonable living spaces for a one- to multi-person household. The module must consider affordability, feasibility, changeability and be no more than three stories. Use of materials, building techniques, structural elements and approaches should emphasize sustainability as well as being equipped with the latest smart building and security technologies.

Envisioning an Ideal School Challenge

Design solutions to transform, reimagine, or repurpose underutilized common areas in a high school to improve, expand or otherwise enliven its value and use to the student body. Proposals must consider common spaces that accommodate studying or down time, food prep and consumption, and recreational or social space in and outside of the building. Use of materials, building techniques, structural elements and approaches should emphasize sustainability as well as being equipped with the latest smart building and security technologies.

Revitalize an Urban Block Challenge

Design solutions to enhance and stimulate new living and civic appropriation systems on a block wide scale. Proposed ideas should promote the revival of old usages, encourage the emergence of new activities and enhance job development. The challenge requires evidence of interdisciplinary skills including strategic site selection, structural rehabilitation or replacement, transportation, open or recreational spaces and other mixed use functions.

Download the full competition packet with additional information

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Rules

Eligibility

To be eligible to compete, applicant must:

  • Be a participating ACE Mentor Program student
  • Enter with a team of three or more students and ACE Affiliate(s)


Competition Timeline

September 15
Competition announced
January 1
Submission platform open
March 7
Final submissions due
March 23
Finalists notified
April 30
Finalist presentations in Washington, D.C.

Winners & Prizes

A professional jury will review eligible entries in the preliminary round. Then top finalists will compete for first, second or third place in the Final Round in Washington, D.C. Winning teams, on behalf of their Affiliates, will receive a monetary award that can be used use for any purpose to support the operations, programs, grants, and/or needs of the Affiliate.

First place team
$5,000
Second place team
$3,000
Third place team
$2,000
Top three finalist
Stipend for travel expenses
Runner-up teams
Additional prizes

Resources

Teams are welcome to use the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s online learning platform, DiscoverDesign.org, to collaborate. Students can upload their work, give feedback to each other and share photos, links and other resources as they work through the design process.

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Submit

Teams will be able to submit their entries through an online platform in January 2018.