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.

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. 

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. The firm has been honored with more than 1100 awards. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award -- in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai. SOM's multifaceted practice includes: Architecture, MEP/Building Services, Digital Design, Graphics, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Structural & Civil Engineering, Sustainable Design, Urban Design and Planning. 

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. Wallace's experience also encompasses large-scale projects such as investigation and repair of football stadiums and multi-building office complexes to small-scale projects such as a building renovations and residential additions.

wai-logo                   Weidlinger Associates, Inc. has been known for its professionalism, innovative solutions, and diversified practice. As a leading
                   structural engineering and applied mechanics consultant, we design and rehabilitate buildings, bridges, and infrastructure and
                   develop advanced analysis software. We also offer special services in vulnerability assessment; risk analysis; forensic,
                   earthquake, wind, and blast engineering; soil/structure interaction; and sustainability. 



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.  


langan    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 our growth continued, we leveraged our highly technical base to
    expand into the civil engineering and environmental disciplines. Our client-focused, highly entrepreneurial culture helped evolve
    additional technical capabilities and enable geographic expansion into the southeast and western regions of the United States.
    Langan International was formed to support global clients and partner with the world's elite design and construction teams 
                                                      around the world. After four successful decades, our reputation for providing innovative solutions that yield measurable value for
                                                      our clients continually forges new enduring relationships for the firm and distinguishes Langan from the competition.

gplGregory 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.

sgh 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.



bentleyBentley 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.


wsp-pbWSP 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.      

arup   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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