“The BP Student Design Competition is another sign of BP’s commitment to Chicago and to the architecture that makes this city great,” said Doug Sparkman, chief operating officer, BP Fuels, North America. “It’s also a sign of our continuing support of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education - and the world of possibility it represents for young people, as we can plainly see by this competition.”
As part of BP’s sponsorship, the company hosted a graphic design and architecture competition in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to encourage Chicago Public School students to learn more about architecture, engineering and the arts. Students ranging in age from 13 to 18 years representing 71 schools throughout Chicago participated.
More than 1,000 students participated in the competition and 240 completed projects that were reviewed by a jury of design professionals.
Students were asked to either create a bus shelter advertisement promoting a Chicago neighborhood, or design a public library that could serve as a vibrant community space.
In the bus shelter competition, the winners were:
For the library competition, the winners were:
The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended the event.
BP also provided the teachers of the winning students with a gift card to purchase art supplies in appreciation of their efforts.