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The 2016 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition invited students to use the design process and critical thinking to create personalized reactions to Chicago architecture.

The 34th-annual Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, offered teens a chance to showcase their talent for design thinking, compare peers’ work to their own, connect with professional mentors in the field and develop high-level work for a college portfolio.

Each May, CAF recognizes hundreds of outstanding student projects at the Newhouse Awards Ceremony. Every student who submits a project is eligible for a prize, and all Newhouse Division winners receive public recognition, certificates of accomplishment and cash prizes, as well as two complimentary tickets for the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, ranked “one of the top ten tours in the U.S.” 

See THE 2016 winners

2016 Newhouse Theme

Reclaiming Chicago

The 2016 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition challenged students to re-examine Chicago through the lens of design. For 2016, eight competition divisions asked participants to observe, style, re-engage or design well-known elements of Chicago architecture. Each division asked students to use the design process to develop a solution that reflects their personal viewpoints and experiences. 

Register by: April 29 
Project Deadline: May 13 
Project Drop-off: May 16

Registration and Project Drop-off

Registration for the 2016 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition is now open. Your registration must be completed by 4:00pm on April 29, 2016.


 Projects can be dropped-off:

Monday, May 16 
401 South State Street 
Chicago, IL 60605

To make alternate arrangements, please call Jesse Banwart, CAF’s Teen Programs Coordinator, at 312.561.2158. 

Competition Jury

CAF convened more than 30 professional architects, designers and engineers to serve as jurors for Newhouse entries. Jurors reviewed and evaluated student work for evidence of the design process, critical thinking and professional presentation, as well as determining prize winners prior to the final showcase. 

Final Showcase

Students, teachers and families were invited to view and celebrate the accomplishments of all of 2016’s Newhouse competitors! All competition entries submitted by the deadline were on display at the Robert Morris University State Street Gallery.

Final showcase:

Saturday, May 21 
Robert Morris University State Street Gallery 
401 S State St 
Chicago, IL 60605