Sesquicentennial Design Competition Announced

The Department of Landscape Architecture is pleased to announce the Sesquicentennial Design Competition, an initiative supported by Chancellor Robert J. Jones.

During the past 150 years, scholars, researchers, and teachers at the University of Illinois have made major discoveries, produced innovations, and engaged beyond our campus in ways that have transformed experience and understanding of the world.

From the development of the first web browser, to the discovery of a third form of life, to pioneering triumphs in women’s education, to bold moves for wheelchair accessibility, the University of Illinois has been an engine of innovation and impact.

To help visualize and interpret our most important accomplishments, the Sesquicentennial Design Competition is challenging interdisciplinary teams of students to design campus installations that communicate essential information about those achievements.

Teams of up to 5 students each will collaborate for 8 weeks during the second half of the spring 2017 semester, with coordination by Prof. Jessica Henson. Teams may include students from any discipline at the university—from the arts and humanities to the sciences, engineering, education, business, law, and more—but members must come from at least two different academic disciplines. Participants also have the option to register for 2 hours of course credit.

Proposals will be presented to an expert jury on the morning of Sasaki Day—May 3. Each member of the wining team will be awarded $500. 

Interested students from throughout the university are invited to attend an informational meeting on Monday, March 13, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, in room 219 Temple Buell Hall. Come with a team, or come to make a team.

To learn more, visit the Sesquicentennial Design Competition page on Facebook. 

Questions? Contact Atyeh Ashtari: ashtari2@illinois.edu.