In response to this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial prompting Make New History, the Chicago Architectural Club is pleased to announce updates to the 2017 Burnham Prize Competition: Under the Dome. New History is made not from a position of sentimentality toward style, but rather it must be critical of our past and used to inform architecture that is responsive to both its context and future inhabitants. This competition uses the historical and typological construct of the dome and calls for its critical re-imagination in the context of Make New History.

The announcement of the winner(s) and the exhibition of selected work will take place during the Chicago Architecture Biennial at the Chicago Cultural Center.

September 27: Burnham Prize Winner Announcement
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square, 1st Floor located at 78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602 60604.
Event Hours: 6:00-8:00pm

October 1st-14th: Exhibition
The winner(s) of the 2017 Burnham Prize along with selected entries will be on display in the Garland Room of the Chicago Cultural Center

1 Penelope Dean, Associate Professor at UIC's School of Architecture
2 Sarah Herda, Director of the Graham Foundation
3 Sharon Johnston, FAIA, Founder of Johnston Marklee
4 Brian Lee, FAIA, Design Partner SOM Chicago


A competition PDF packet including a 3D Rhino Model of St. Stephen's Church, transverse and longitudinal section drawings of the existing building, and scans of the partial Guastavino dome construction drawings are available for download

Additional information including entry information and a complete set of rules can be found at

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