Winners Announced for the 2011 Cleveland Design Competition: A New School Vision!
Competition Draws 92 Submissions from 20 Countries


On August 19th, 2011 a total of $8,000.00 was awarded to the first, second, and two third place prize teams for the 2011 Cleveland Design Competition challenge to design a new downtown school.  The winners were announced at Cleveland State University's Student Center atrium by Armando Carbonell, senior fellow and chairman of the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, which has supported the Cleveland Design Competition from its inception. 



This year, designers from all over the world were asked to submit concepts for a future home for the expanding Campus International School, currently located in the annex of the First Methodist Church on Euclid Avenue. Ideas submitted for the Cleveland Design Competition are meant to help the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland State University, Campus International School, and schools all over the world imagine the possibilities for school facilities and advance the conversation around public education.  


1st Place - $5,000.00

Michael Dickson

Brisbane, Australia 


2nd Place - $2,000.00 

Michael Robitz, Sean Franklin and Alexandra VanOrsdale

New York, New York


3rd Place - $1,000.00  (TIE)

Drozdov & Partners Ltd.

Oleg Drozdov, Anna Kosharnaya, Pavel Zabotin, and Andrian Sokolovsky

Kharkov, Ukraine


Vincent Feld

Paris, France


Honorable Mentions (5)

Five teams were also recognized as noteworthy in the 2011 Cleveland Design Competition: A New School Vision:


Mason White, Lola Sheppard, Nikole Bouchard, Zoe Renaud-Drouin, Paul Christian, Fionn Byrne

Toronto, Canada


Jedidiah Lau

Hong Kong


KGD Architecture

Stephen Zuber, Carlos Coello, Courtney Boardman, Chad Smith, Ningning Shang, Leah Kleinman, Suttiruck Wongsawan, Randall Wong, and Amanda Wigen

Rosslyn, Virginia


Wendel Architecture

Michael Conroe, Leanne Stepien, Giona Paolercio, Stephanie Vito

Amherst, New York


Studio NU

Athanas Fontaine, Chad Brintall, Michael Johnson

Ann Arbor, Michigan


Images of the winning submissions will be available starting in October at www.clevelandcompetition.com. All entries will be featured as part of a public exhibition from September 16-18 at Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland and at the Colonial Marketplace Arcade from September 26-October 29th in downtown Cleveland. 



The 2011 Cleveland Design Competition Awards Jury selected the winners in an all day review of submissions in Cleveland, Ohio on August 10th. The Jury included an accomplished panel of architects, urban designers and planners with a breadth of educational planning and design experience: Kevin Daly, AIA, Design Principal-in-Charge, Daly Genik of Santa Monica; Steven Turckes, AIA, REFP, LEED AP, K-12 Educational Global Market Leader, Perkins + Will of Chicago; David Mark Riz, AIA, LEEP AP, Principal, KieranTimberlake of Philadelphia; Amy Green Dines, AIA Associate, IIDA, Chair, Art  + Design, College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University; Edward Schmittgen, Executive Director of Capital Planning and University Architect, Cleveland State University; Linda J. Williams Ph.D., Senior Director of Educational Services, WVIZ/Ideastream and former Superintendent. More information about each of the jurors can be found at www.clevelandcompetition.com/jury.html.


The 2011 Cleveland Design Competition Awards were again this year sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.The Lincoln Institute has for many years been engaged in Cleveland, including the production of a feature length documentary film, Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City. The institute's founder, John C. Lincoln, was a prominent business and civic leader in the city. Kathryn J. Lincoln, chair of the board of the Lincoln Institute, has been engaged in the Cleveland Design Commission and also serves as a member of the Group Plan Commission, which is examining ways to enhance downtown            


In addition to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the generous contributions of partners and sponsors that made the 2011 Cleveland Design Competition possible include - Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland State University, Campus International School, Vocon, Westlake Reed Leskosky, Bustler, and the Colonial Marketplace Arcade. Those interested in becoming a 2012 Cleveland Design Competition sponsor should contact the competition organizers at  info@clevelandcompetition.com.


Read 2011 Competition coverage in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article: "Cleveland Design Competition comes up with fresh ideas for the Cleveland International School" by PD Art and Architecture Critic Steven Litt, August 28, 2011.

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2011 Competition Summary

The 2011 Cleveland Design Competition invited professionals, faculty, students, firms and designers from all over the world to submit extraordinary visions for a new K - 12 public school in Downtown Cleveland. At a time when educators are implementing dramatically new ideas in pedagogy, curricula and organization models, the reinvention of learning environments deserves equal attention. The 2011 Cleveland Design Competition presents an opportunity to re-imagine the school and explore how educational facilities must evolve to provide world-class opportunities for learning.


The challenges that education and educational facilities are currently experiencing are not unique to the City of Cleveland. Many cities throughout the world are faced with a growing achievement gap between high performing and poor performing schools. Families from communities with poor performing schools who seek to improve the educational opportunities for their children have little choice but to move to communities where the school districts are better funded, operated and offer more opportunities for academic success. The 2011 Cleveland Design Competition inviteddesigners to re-evaluate prescribed formulas for school planning and design and offer new approaches that support new educational philosophies that will influence better learning environments in the City of Cleveland and around the world.

Awards Sponsor: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, founded in 1974, is the nation's premiere research institution on land use and taxation. Funding came from the Lincoln Foundation, which was created in 1946 by John C. Lincoln, a Cleveland industrialist who became intrigued with land use and tax policy as it relates to land through the writings of Henry George. Today the Lincoln Institute, located near Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., serves as a non-partisan forum for scholars, policymakers, practitioners, citizens and journalists, integrating theory and practice through education, research, demonstration projects, publications and conference. For more information:
Competition Partner: KSU Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is the combined home of Kent State University's graduate program in urban design and the public service activities of the Urban Design Center of Northeast Ohio (UDC). The CUDC provides real-world learning opportunities for Kent State students and allows the UDC staff to provide design services to the entire region served by Kent State's eight campuses.

Competition Partner: Cleveland State University

Cleveland State is a metropolitan university that provides a rich environment for engaged learning in an exciting and dynamic location. Our students are fond of claiming that the entire city is their campus for study, practical experience, and recreation. And our pledge to each student is an engaged learning experience in the real world, for the real world, among a diverse student body. The Cleveland State campus consists of more than 85 acres -- the largest footprint in downtown Cleveland -- with 40-plus buildings used for teaching, research, housing, administration, and recreation.

Competition Partner: Cleveland Metropolitan School District

The primary goal of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is to become a premier school district in the United States of America. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District envisions 21st Century Schools of Choice where students will be challenged with a rigorous curriculum that considers the individual learning styles, program preferences and academic capabilities of each student, while utilizing the highest quality professional educators, administrators and support staff available. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has recently implemented as a bold plan to transform the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. through research and best practices in student achievement and in school reform initiatives calling for fundamental, system-wide changes in our schools. 

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