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The 2017 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition invited students to use the design process and critical thinking to create personalized reactions to Chicago architecture.

Named after late Illinois Senator Richard Newhouse, this program showcases the talents of Chicago-area youth. Through this competition, we inspire teens to understand why design matters by researching, representing and redesigning the built environment to solve challenges that are personal and place-based.

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2017 Newhouse

The 2017 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition is partnered with firms, non-profits and studios that are all currently working on Chicago-focused issues. Each division is partnered with an organization that helped to define the challenge and will serve on the jury evaluating division entries. For more information on each partner, see the individual divisions.

Digital & Physical Modeling: River Barge Metropolitan Planning Council

Advanced Architecture: CPS Space Design Borderless Studio & ARCHEWORKS

Landscape Architecture: Community Gardens UIC Chicago Partnership for Health Promotions

Graphic Design: Neighborhood Signage American Institute of Graphic Arts—Chicago

Industrial Design: Micro-Apartment Furniture Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Photography: Diagonal Streets Out of Chicago Photography

Fine Arts: Viaduct Mural EXPO CHICAGO


Any Chicago-area high school student is allowed to participate in Newhouse. Students participating in after school programs or working independently should reach out to so we can help you plan, set goals and finish!


Registration opens March 31 and closes April 28. Only register for divisions that you intend to finish before the project deadline of May 12.

Project Deadline

The project deadline for Newhouse is May 12. Teachers are allowed to choose an earlier due date if it suits their classroom, but will have to hold onto projects until the drop-off date. 

Project Labeling

CAF will be providing individual student and project labels based on the registration. Labeling instructions are located in each specific division requirements.

Project Drop-off

All projects must be dropped off at the showcase site on May 15 or 16. Drop-off times and details will be announced closer to the submission date.

Showcase site:
Robert Morris University
State Street Gallery
401 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Competition Jury & Entry Evaluation

CAF will convene a robust network of more than 40 professional architects, designers and engineers to serve as jurors for Newhouse entries. Each division will be chaired by the division partners. Jurors will review and evaluate student work for evidence of the design process, critical thinking and professional presentation.

Final Showcase

The Newhouse Award Ceremony takes place May 20 in downtown Chicago. All students, teachers and families are invited to view and celebrate the accomplishments of the competitors. All complete competition entries submitted by the deadline will be displayed in the Robert Morris University State Street Gallery.

Saturday, May 20

Formal program begins at 1pm
Robert Morris University

State Street Gallery
401 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605