Architecture By Children 2010   


Thousands of buildings in our region and throughout the country stand empty. The name of the game is Adaptive Reuse. Students will select an existing building type and re-design it for a new use, look and identity of their choosing. They may select from one of two building types provided or elect to re-design an actual vacant building in their communities. The students’ task is to give new life to their chosen building by imagining a new use for it then modifying the building for the new use. Proposed uses can be fanciful or reflect a real life community opportunity or need. Sustainable [Green] Design will again be an integral component of the design problem and competition prerequisites.


Revision design problem materials and classroom resources may be ordered upon request. Please contact for pricing and availability.


Contact for more information about participating in ABC.


Aug 1 — Oct 31, 2009 Registration
November 17, 2009 Architect Kick-Off Luncheon @ GBBN Architects
November 18, 2009 Teacher-Architect Teams Notified
Nov. 21 — Dec. 2009 Architect Presentations
January – March 5, 2010 Work Period
February 27, 2010 Projects Delivered to Cincinnati Museum Center
March 3, 2010 Awards Reception at Cincinnati Museum Center



ABC is a committee of the Cincinnati Chapter of AIA Cincinnati. The annual program is made possible by a committed partnership with the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati.

The Architecture By Children Committee, on behalf of AIA Cincinnati and all our participating teachers, students and architects thank the American Architecture Foundation for selecting ABC to receive a 2009 Accent on Architecture Grant made possible by Victor O. Schinnerer and CAN.

We also thank our generous local sponsors:
A/E Specialties, Inc.
BHDP Architecture
Casler Design Group, Inc.
Champlin Architecture
Construction Specifications Institute
MSA Architects, Inc
Parkey Design
RWA Architects
Stan Better Construction
Steven Schaefer & Associates

ABC 2010 Exhibit and Jury (coming soon)

ABC 2010 Design Competition Winners