CIRT National Design & Construction Competition

ANNOUNCEMENTCIRT National Design and Construction Competition Opens

January 12, 2018 - The final step for ACE Mentor entries to the 2018 CIRT Design & Construction Competition has gone live. The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), working in conjunction with CIRT to provide an online digital platform for the competition, announced that the “submission” portal is now open and operational for ACE mentor teams to actually submit a completed entry for judging. However, the deadline for such submittals is not until March 7, 2018. [The direct link is: ]

This year’s competition is centered around three challenge options: Flexible Home; Revitalize an Urban Block; and Envisioning an Ideal School. The student teams are urged to consider: “What we learn, we learn by doing!” (Aristotle).

Sept. 27, 2017 - The twelfth annual CIRT National Design and Construction Competition, which is coordinated with the ACE Mentor Program of America and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), went “live” today as part of a nation-wide announcement that was disseminated to ACE Affiliates. Again, this year, the competition will utilize a digital platform hosted by CAF to enable teams to not only submit their entries through the web-based portal, but also to have the option of actually working collaboratively online as they develop their projects. ACE Teams are invited to submit their proposals for one of three challenge options: (i) Flexible Home; (ii) Revitalize an Urban Block; or (iii) Envisioning an Ideal School. Final submissions are due by March 7, 2018; with three national finalists squaring-off in a live presentation round at the CIRT Spring Conference in Washington, DC on Monday, April 30, 2018. For more information go to the CIRT/CAF online platform at:

04/24/2017 – ACE Chicago Team 6 Takes 1st Place - Named National Champion at the 11th Annual CIRT National Design & Construction Competition

03/21/2017 – National Competition Finalists Announced

4/25/2016 - CIRT-ACE Mentor National High School Design Competition Celebrates 10 Yrs

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