2012 DiscoverDesign National High School Architecture Competition

Last Updated: March 13, 2012

Your challenge? Redesign your school cafeteria for healthy eating in a sustainable space.

Registration deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 4, 2012! Create a user account and submit your registration and consent forms today.

What is the DiscoverDesign.org National High School Architecture Competition? Sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), the aim of this competition is to promote architectural awareness and design problem solving skills in high school students across the United States. The competition utilizes DiscoverDesign.org, CAF's new digital learning tool which connects teens, teachers and architects for 21st century project-based learning.


This competition is open to any student at least 13 years old and currently enrolled as a United States high school student (grades 9 - 12) within the 50 United States. You may only enter as an individual and may only submit one design project.

In order to be eligible for judging, your design project must include uploaded content (text and/or images) in all of the five steps of the design process on DiscoverDesign.org, including: Overview, Collect Info, Brainstorm Ideas, Develop Solutions, and Final Design.

There is no cost to enter this competition. Mail-in submissions of design projects will not be accepted.

By participating you understand and will comply with these guidelines established here.

Design Challenge Background

Many high school cafeterias are overcrowded and dark. They typically don't contain enough seating options for students and are not designed to offer healthy food options. Eating together at school is often a loud social experience, but other students may want quieter spaces to eat and study during their lunch break.

Design Challenge Brief

The challenge is to redesign your high school cafeteria with both indoor and outdoor seating areas, creating spaces and options that encourage healthy eating. You may redesign the interior of the existing cafeteria space, expand on the existing space, or design a completely new addition on to your school building.

Your design should contain all the spaces and functions required for a typical school cafeteria - a variety of seating options for students, as well as kitchen with food prep, storage, serving, and clean up areas. The redesigned cafeteria should include outdoor access for student seating, as well as food deliveries and waste. You should also consider sustainability issues and the environmental impact of your design.



Last updated: 11-Dec-2012 04:52 AM
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