Design Competition

2018 CIRT/ACE National Design and Construction Competition

The Construction Industry Round Table has announced the three design challenges for the 2018 competition:

  • Envision the Ideal School
  • Revitalize an Urban Block
  • Design a Flexible Home

ACE teams interested in participating can read more details here and in the attached competition package.

Like last year, teams must submit the entries on the digital platform created by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. This platform will open January 1, 2018. March 7 is the submission deadline. The three top finalists will be invited to the final competition in Washington, DC on April 30.

Competition Timeline
  January 1, 2018 Submission platform open
  March 7 Final submissions due
  March 23 Finalists notified
  April 30 Finalist Presentations in Washington, D.C.

Optional: Collaborate on DiscoverDesign
Teams may collaborate digitally using the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s online learning platform, Teams can select any of the three CIRT challenges, leave comments, share and upload images, links, and other resources as they work through the design process. Mentors can set project timelines and deadlines.


Congratulations to Chicago ACE Mentor Programs team 6 on winning the 2017 CIRT/ACE National Competition with their Cultural Museum of Chicago project.

View the 2015 competition highlights video.