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The Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition showcases Chicagoland high school students who present design solutions to real-world problems. Named after late Illinois Senator Richard Newhouse (1924-2002), the annual competition celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2022.

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2022's competition asked students to envision a more youth-friendly Chicago, spotlighting the communities identified in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West initiative. The winning submissions, which are highlighted in this special exhibition, address five elements of youth-friendly cities: safe play spaces, multifunctional landscapes, intergenerational activity, cultural heritage spaces and accessible play areas.

INVEST South/West is Mayor Lightfoot’s $1.4 billion community development initiative to reverse decades of disinvestment on Chicago’s South and West Sides. The initiative focuses on neighborhood projects along commercial corridors that support amenities, local businesses, public spaces and housing.

Over the course of the last 40 years, the Newhouse Competition has produced innumerable success stories, serving as one of the first steps in what ends up becoming a career path for many students. Past participants have gone on to work professionally in the architecture, design and engineering fields in Chicago and beyond. Regardless of their future professions, all students finish the program with a firm understanding of how to solve challenges through research, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.

NEWHOUSE 2022 WINNERS BY CHALLENGE

Safe Place Spaces

  1. Deanna Bailey ACE Amandla Charter High School
  2. Avimael Martinez
  3. Michelle Apolinar Marie Sklodowska Curie Metropolitan High School

Multifunctional Spaces

  1. Angela Wang Adlai E. Stevenson High School
  2. Camilia Hernandez, Jasmin Hernandez, Alex Hoffman and Alexandra Navarro Bennett Day School
  3. Julia Antonoglu Glenbrook South High School

Intergenerational Spaces

  1. Jermal Ray Marie Sklodowska Curie Metropolitan High School
  2. Yahir Cerda Marie Sklodowska Curie Metropolitan High School
  3. Kimberly Ruiz Marie Sklodowska Curie Metropolitan High School

Cultural Heritage

  1. Mea Cortez Acero – Major Hector P. Garcia M.D. High School
  2. Vanessa Alanis Acero – Major Hector P. Garcia M.D. High School
  3. Johanna Reynoso Acero – Major Hector P. Garcia M.D. High School

Accessible Play

  1. Dyanna Aquirre Acero – Major Hector P. Garcia M.D. High School
  2. Renee Choe Glenbrook South High School
  3. Sven Morado Marie Sklodowska Curie Metropolitan High School