Moving Beyond Ad-Hoc, Hacked, and Underfunded. 

How can we design purposeful spaces that serve the whole student and support student success?

Academic institutions at all levels are asked to serve myriad roles to students beyond "the educator"- they can be the doctor, cook, counselor, social worker, babysitter, mentor, or even employer. As we move out of the pandemic some of these roles have become increasingly important, not only for students but also for the communities they live in.

Current educational spaces don't often work to provide these services in an equitable, safe, and comfortable environment. They also don't invite the community in as clients or collaborators for these services.

Instead of the relocatable classrooms or closet under the stairs (worst case) or the "one-stop-shop" Student Services model (best case), what kinds of spaces would support students' individual and holistic needs as current and future community members? What kind of spaces would you add or design for an educational environment that also serves as a community hub?

We challenge you to think beyond the traditional classroom/school/campus model.

Show us your ideas for transformational:

  • Community spaces
  • Programs
  • Community engagement processes
  • Futures for academic institutions at all levels from kindergarten to university to lifelong learners

Submission Deadline: Saturday, August 20, 2022

Winning projects will be featured in a panel discussion on Wednesday, September 21, from 12 to 1 pm Pacific in conjunction with the Architecture + the City festival.

Entry fees are non-refundable. Submissions must be fully completed and entered on or before the Early Submission Deadline in order to qualify for the discounted submission fees rates.

Submission is fully electronic through the portal. Entrants are encouraged to submit support materials in a variety of formats, which might include digital or hand drawings, images of 3-dimensional models, video, or other formats.

This competition is open to anyone and everyone interested in the topic. Teams can be formed for a maximum of 5 people. The registration fee is per team, regardless of the number of team members, and based on the entrant categories below:

Student, with ID and/or transcript (grades 6-12 or college-level)

  • $15


  • $40