The committee would like to thank The Charles Pankow Foundation for the generous financial support that made this competition a success during the first five years of the competition.  Learn more about the legacy and vision of the foundation at:



The following companies have provided the financial support for this year’s competition.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive architecture and engineering software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries, $500 million in annual revenues, and, since 2001, has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.
Gregory P. Luth & Associates (GPLA) is a certified Disabled Veteran-owned Business Enterprise (DVBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) based in Santa Clara, California. It has an affiliated company in Denver, Colorado and is part of "The Renaissance Design Group" (TRDG), allowing collaboration among many licensed engineers (both S.E.s and P.E.s), Ph.D.s, and detailing managers.
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 162,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. 

LANGAN, founded as a geotechnical specialty firm in 1970, Langan quickly became involved in many large, complex projects located throughout the eastern part of the United States. As growth continued, they leveraged their highly technical base to expand into the civil engineering and environmental disciplines.

Nabih Youssef Associates (NYA), founded in 1989, is an internationally recognized structural engineering firm providing specialized structural and earthquake engineering consulting for new and existing buildings. Our design practice is geared towards high-profile, architecturally intensive projects, including commercial, institutional and public facilities.  
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban-planning firms in the world, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of innovative technologies, processes and ideas, many of which have had a lasting impact on the built environment.
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We are a 100% employee-held organization of 1,200 engineers, architects, sustainability and support professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. We focus on providing a diverse suite of integrated services and leading innovation in our industry to ensure the continued success of our clients.
Wallace Engineering provides structural and civil engineering services to a wide array of clients: architects, engineers, contractors, developers, governmental entities, industries and institutions. They have extensive expertise in the design of new buildings as well as in the evaluation, renovation and repair of existing structures. The firm's experience in building design ranges from 60 story buildings and aircraft hangars to single family residences.
WSP is one of the world's leading professional services companies. They provide services totransformthe built environment and restore the natural environment.   They are a diverse group of individuals that include engineers,scientists, technicians,  consultants and academics, working together to provide the most effective and sustainable solutions for their clients.      


aei-eng AEI is a multi-discipline technical consulting firm providing innovative solutions for complex and large scale projects worldwide, supporting the excellence of a diverse clientele.









Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) is a national engineering firm that designs, investigates, and rehabilitates structures and building enclosures. Our goals are simple: earn the lasting trust of our clients, gain the respect of our most capable peers, and further the standards of practice in all areas of our profession.

ARUP is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Arup's independent ownership structure gives conviction a place in its decision-making, alongside the needs of clients and commercial imperatives. The result is clear-sighted, thoughtful decisions about its priorities as a business and as a member of society.


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