December 13, 2022

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has announced its Student Architecture and Design Challenge for the design of an element for its new Bezos Learning Center. Through this challenge, teams of architecture and design students and early-career architects will be challenged to design an architectural element for the exterior structure that visualizes and communicates scientific aviation, astronomy or aerospace concepts in an effective way. The pre-phase of the challenge launched, Dec. 7, with an eligibility quiz for interested teams to determine their suitability for the challenge.

This is a team challenge, and all entries must be composed of teams of two or three people. Teams can consist of a mixture of design and/or architecture students, recent graduates and professionals with experience of five years or less.

After completing the eligibility quiz, teams can apply to Phase One of the challenge. The Phase One application window opens Jan. 3, 2023, and closes April 18, 2023. Selected teams will then be invited to participate in Phase 2, the final stage of the challenge, a 60-day design sprint that will take place May 16, 2023, to Aug. 9, 2023.

Each member of the winning team will receive a one-to-three-year paid position with the National Air and Space Museum and will serve as members on the Bezos Learning Center building project team.

For more information about the challenge, including general rules and requirements, visit the museum’s website.