The 2024 Lyceum Competition explores the potentially regenerative symbiosis between the inevitable growth of human settlement—our buildings and infrastructure, our towns and cities—and the essential health of our terrestrial ecosystem. The program calls for a new, hybrid building type, a "maker space" that functions as an essential component of a regional economic and ecological metabolism. The building itself will serve as a model of regenerative design and construction. Learn More...
All eligible students are encouraged to participate. The competition is open to architecture students currently enrolled in NAAB or CACB accredited programs in North America. Projects may be completed within a studio setting or independently, however, each entry must represent the work of an individual student. No team or group projects are permitted. Complete eligibility requirements can be found in the competition brief.
Three primary programmatic elements comprise the Center for Regenerative Building: a community building material “bank” with exterior and interior spaces for bio-based and salvage material collection, preparation, storage, exhibition, exchange, and reuse.
A facility for building experimentation, vocational training, and demonstration to encourage new micro-economic business enterprise, create workforce employment opportunity, and empower citizen builders to construct, maintain, and repair their own homes and workspaces.
A hostel (short-stay housing and shared facilities) for visiting vocational trainees.
JURY CHAIR & PROGRAM AUTHORS
This year's design challenge was crafted by Elizabeth Gray & Allan Organschi, who will also assemble and chair the jury.
Elizabeth Gray and Alan Organschi are principals and partners at Gray Organschi Architecture, an architectural practice in New Haven, Connecticut recognized internationally for its integration of design, construction, and environmental research. The firm's ongoing research initiative into the use of timber as a sustainable solution to urban construction has demonstrated that the principles serving our natural environment are also those that restore and strengthen our cities and towns, safeguarding resources in urban and rural landscapes alike.
Prize winners earn the opportunity to make life-changing journeys abroad. See how our recent travelers have taken on this challenge. Experiences...
First Prize — $15,000 for three months of travel abroad
Second Prize — $10,000 for two months of travel abroad
Third Prize — $5,000 for one month of travel abroad
Merit — Certificate of Recognition
Jon McKee Prize — Awarded at the discretion of the Lyceum Board, the Jon McKee Prize recognizes an outstanding travel statement, a design project that was not awarded, or Merit winner, enabling the student to travel. The award amount will be determined by the Lyceum Board.
ABOUT THE LYCEUM FELLOWSHIP
Lyceum Fellowship was established in 1985 by Jon McKee, AIA (1927-2013). Through its annual design competition, the Lyceum seeks to build a community around design and advance the profession of architecture by engaging students in design and travel.
The American Institute of Architects has recognized the Lyceum nationally for the effective pursuit of this mission with the prestigious AIA Collaborative Achievement Award. For more than 37 years, the Lyceum has engaged highly noted architects from all areas of the field to develop programs for the annual competition. The Lyceum has awarded more than half a million dollars in travel prizes to date, enriching the education of highly talented students through travel to more than 100 different countries.
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