Chicago Architectural Club 2015 Burnham Prize Competition: Currencies of Architecture

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In affiliation with this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB), the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) has announced updates for the ongoing 2015 Burnham Prize Competition: Currencies of Architecture.

Student entry fees have been reduced to $25.00, and the deadline for all submissions for the Burnham Prize has been extended to September 7, 2015 with the announcement of the winning entries to occur on September 30, 2015. The event will take place at 6:30pm on the first floor of the Chicago Architecture Foundation Gallery, located at 224 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, which will coincide with an opening reception for a special companion exhibit displaying the winning and selected entries.

In October, “Come to the Table” will feature Stanley Tigerman discussing the state of the art of architecture today along with a special exhibit that includes a selection of past and recent work. The show will also contain the original Titanic drawing and a current response that will be presented at the event.

On December 4, 2015, the closing party and auction again featuring Stanley Tigerman is an opportunity to reveal the centrepiece of the exhibition—an installation made from multiple tabletops around which the “Come to the Table” events will be held. The Titanic drawing signed by Tigerman will be mounted on each tabletop and will be up for auction, and attendees will have the unique opportunity to acquire one of these limited-edition artifacts.

The jury members are: Penelope Dean (Professor, UIC); Zurich Esposito (Vice President, AIA Chicago); Peter Exley (Founder, Architecture Is Fun and Professor, SAIC); Vedran Mimica (Associate Dean, IIT); Ben Nicholson (Professor, SAIC); Stanley Tigerman (Tigerman McCurry Architects); and Zoë Ryan (Curator of Architecture and Design, Art Institute of Chicago).

Inspired by the title of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial—The State of the Art of Architecture—this year’s Burnham Prize challenges participants to develop a single image that represents a strong point of view that explores the question: What is the State of the Art of Architecture today? Entry information, including a complete set of rules, can be found at

The history of the Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) runs side by side with the development of the Chicago School of Architecture. From its founding in 1885 as an architectural sketch club, to today’s rich schedule of discussions, competitions and exhibitions, the CAC has consistently championed the work of Chicago architects, as well as fostering ongoing vigorous debate on fundamental issues of art and practice. Today, the CAC has rededicated itself to carrying forward Chicago’s robust architectural legacy into a new century.