MCA Student Design Competition 2008

Project: Maritime Museum and Historical Center of Chicago (located on Northerly Island, a 91-acre peninsula along the Lake Michigan shoreline just south of downtown Chicago)

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International Architectural Idea Competition
Genre Museum, Steel
Country Chicago, United States
RegDeadline 10 November 2008 GoogleCal iCal
10 November 2008 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Upper-level (3rd year or higher) and graduate students in accredited schools of architecture

This unique metal in construction competition challenges the entrant to design a new Maritime Museum and Historical Center of Chicago. The facility will serve Chicago-area residents and visitors of all ages by providing interactive displays and programs, classrooms, a research library, and a restaurant. This facility will be a visitor center to Chicago’s beautiful lake shore park system and an education and research center. It will highlight the remarkable maritime history of Chicago and Lake Michigan and the adventure of seafaring on the Great Lakes.

The project must utilize metal as a prominent, creative, and structural element in the design. It should underscore the flexibility, efficiency, and beauty of metal in responding to the unique requirements of this facility and the sustainable qualities of metal.

Architects and planners from the Chicago Park District
Legat Architects
Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Architects Ltd.
OKW Architects, Inc.
Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

Judging Process
One-Stage, Anonymous Competition

First Prize:
Team/Individual: $2,500, School: $1,500, Faculty Sponsor: $750
Second Prize:
Team/Individual: $1,500, School: $1,000, Faculty Sponsor: $500
Third Prize:
Team/Individual: $500, School: $250,Faculty Sponsor: $100
Winners will be spotlighted in industry publications and the MCA Newsletter.

Entry Fee

No more than three 20 x 30-inch illustrations and a CD of disital data

Judges select winners: November 17, 2008

Past winners

Metal Construction Association

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