2021 National Design and Construction Competition

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  • Homeless Shelter
  • Retrofit a School
  • Manufacturing Center


The preliminary round will be conducted through the CAC online digital platform.  All entries and materials must be entered through this medium so that they can be judged accordingly. The FINAL ROUND will be held in conjunction with the CIRT spring national conference in Washington, DC. Teams from ACE Affiliates that wish to participate in the national competition must comply with the following time schedule:

CIRT has moved the date of the National Design and Construction Competition to June 7, 2021. This means the DEADLINE for submittals is a month later than originally planned!

  • April 16, 2021 (DEADLINE) – All entries must be OFFICIALLY submitted as required by the CAC online platform process [DEADLINE: is (11:59pm) in your time zone on the 16th of April].
  • April 29, 2021 – Preliminary results will be announced, with Finalists being notified and plans made to bring a representative(s) from each team to Washington, DC.
  • June 7, 2021 – Finalists present to the CIRT Panel of Judges. [Exact information on date, time, and place will be provided finalist].


CIRT strongly recommends that Affiliates with more than one team submit entries in the different challenges rather than multiple ones in the SAME category. This will greatly increase the competitiveness of the categories and improve the odds of having one of the teams among the recognized entries when spread amongst the various challenges.


The national competition will use a digital platform in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) to conduct the process.  All materials must be submitted to the platform with an official entry to be judged. The preliminary rounds will be determined by what is submitted to the platform as summarized on a maximum of two “virtual boards.”  Each of the options or challenges will have their top three entries identified as part of selecting the national finalists. However, only three teams will move onto the final “presentation” round in Washington D.C. to determine the National Champion

Good luck and enjoy the journey!