2018 National DiscoverDesign Competition: FREE STUDENT COMPETITION

Register October 31, 2018 | Submit November 30, 2018 | Free Student Competitions



2018 National DiscoverDesign Competition:



The National DiscoverDesign Competition is an annual ideas competition challenging high school students to design solutions to a real-world problem using the design process. The competition is hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring people to discover why design matters.

This year’s challenge was developed in partnership with Borderless Studio, an architecture and urban design office that focuses on the future of cities and the roles that architecture plays in supporting healthy, vibrant and meaningful communities.

Community markets provide both social and economic benefits for the public. They encourage personal interactions, bring life to often overlooked spaces and stimulate local economies in ways that major retail stores or supermarkets cannot. Community markets can especially thrive in areas where people already pass through, making areas near bus, train bicycle and other transit stations an ideal location.

Projects developed with consideration to nearby transit stations are called transit-oriented developments (TODs). Research shows that TODs can positively impact an area in a ½ mile radius from the station location. As a gateway for many communities, transit-oriented projects are pedestrian focused, sustainable and can serve as an important resource for people using the station. In particular, they can provide unique opportunities for community exchange, gathering and access to essential community resources. For example, fresh and healthy food options in ‘food deserts’ (areas where people don’t have access to fresh or healthy food options) or safe spaces for public gathering.

Must be a student age 13-18 who lives within the United States and has not graduated high school yet. See additional eligibility details.



September 4: Registration opens

October 31: Registration closes

November 30: Project submission deadline

December 12:Jury Day

December 17: Winners announced



The jury will select ten finalists to compete for first, second and third place.

  • First Prize: Economy-class round trip flight for two within the United States serviced by Southwest Airlines, $100 cash prize & framed certificate
  • Second Prize: $250 cash prize & certificate
  • Third Prize: $150 cash prize & certificate
  • Finalists: $50 cash prize & certificate
  • Educators: The primary sponsoring educator for the top three winners will receive a $50 gift card for classroom supplies.












For more information about this competition, please contact us.