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Chicago Architecture Foundation HQ Contest Gives Designers a Showcase During the Biennial

Want to have your work shown during the first Chicago Architecture Biennial? The Chicago Architecture Foundation's first ideas competition, announced yesterday, provides an unofficial opportunity for aspiring designers to have their work displayed in Chicago during the inaugural event. The non-profit foundation, known for its educational and outreach initiatives including an annual open house and architectural boat tours of the Chicago River, is seeking design proposals for a potential new headquarters, a multi-use facility they're calling the Center for Architecture, Design and Education (CADE). Finalists will see their work displayed in an exhibit at the group's current space inside the famous Santa Fe building on Michigan Avenue starting October 1st, concurrent with the biennial. The winner, to be chosen by a jury including Stanley Tigerman (Tigerman McCurry Architects), David Adjaye (Adjaye Associates), Monica Ponce De Leon (MPdL Studio), Billie Tsien (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects) and Ned Cramer (Editor-in-Chief of Architect magazine) will receive a $10,000 prize.

The CADE concept envisioned by the competition, while theoretical, provides an interesting look at how the organization sees its mission evolving, while also proposing a new way for similar arts and culture organization to reimagine their physical space. The building, billed as an incubator and education center, would include a new headquarters, visitor center, and exhibition space for the CAF as well as a design and allied arts high school and a new headquarters for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The announcement of this new contest dovetails with the initiatives and programming that the organization's new Senior Advisor on Programs and Industry Collaboration Reed Kroloff previously mentioned to Curbed, including increased civic engagement.

Registration is currently open, and submissions are due September 9. Full dates and details can be found on the contest website.

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