Design Competition

CaptureACE.jpgNew Developments for 2017 CIRT-ACE National Design and Construction Competition

The Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), in partnership with ACE, has announced the design challenge topics for the 2017 competition as well as a new digital platform for creating and submitting entries. New this year, the web-based platform, a joint development by CIRT and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, will add unprecedented flexibility and efficiency to the competition. Among other features, the new online version will allow team members to work individually as well as collectively, mentors to remotely review their team's work, and entries to be saved, reproduced and archived.

CIRT National Design & Construction Competition

"There may be people that have more talent than you,
but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do." Derek Jeter, baseball player.

New this year, due to CIRT's collaborative efforts with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), the full competition package is now available online as a digital platform.

Go to: to view detailed instructions and to access the online platform.

  • Presidential Library and Museum
  • Upgrade a Structure
  • Open Spaces Design

For the complete 2017 competition package click here.

For technical and overall competition support please contact the following:

  • Technical support will be available from CAF to help with the online submission procedures related to the platform
  • General or overall questions about the competition itself will be handled directly by CIRT jane(at)
  • If you are still having trouble please don’t hesitate to contact your RD with questions, we are always here to make sure your questions are answered or that you are directed to the appropriate individual.

While the system is new, steps have been taken to make it as user friendly as possible. Feedback and questions are welcome throughout the competition and will help ensure the best possible competition experience. Learn with us and help us shape this new, interactive online platform! We appreciate your flexibility and willingness to try something new this year.

Good luck and enjoy the journey!

Competition Timeline

March 4, 2017 - All entries must be OFFICIALLY submitted as required by the CAF online platform process.

March 21, 2017 - Finalists are notified and plans are made to bring a representative(s) from each group to Washington, DC. [A stipend will be established for each team to be used to help cover cost to attend the final round based on need, etc. from the requests of the teams].

March 31, 2017 - Mentors and students will need to have made their hotel reservations in DC.
[The finalists will be notified with precise hotel information at the time of their selection].

April 24, 2017 - Finalists present to the CIRT Panel of Judges.
[Exact information on date, time, and place will be provided finalist].

View the 2015 competition highlights video.

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