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National Contest Criteria

The contest has two grade categories: K-6 and 7-12. Students should submit work as a group (one class, or approximately 30 students maximum).

Your city will be judged upon the following criteria:

  • Do the building designs reflect their functions?
  • Do the building designs complement the landscape?
  • Are the building designs original and creative?
  • Are the designs good examples of Wright's organic architecture?

Entering the Contest
Send in your city as a Sim City 2000 file, with all six buildings placed in the landscape, via e-mail. Please specify whether your SimCity attachment is in Windows or Mac format. Entries are due no later than February 15, 1999. Winners will be announced on March 15, 1999.

A pamphlet describing the project should accompany the Sim City files. This pamphlet might be designed like one given to an actual visitor by a Chamber of Commerce, Bureau of Tourism, etc. The pamphlet should explain why the six buildings were chosen (as essential buildings in a city) and how their architecture reflects each building's function and environment. The pamphlet should be one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and may be filled front and back with information. It can be sent electronically or via regular mail to

PBS Online
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
attn: Frank Lloyd Wright Contest


Grand Prize
Grades 3 - 7 and 8-12
FLW Hollyhock Stained Glass hanging (valued at over $200)
A beautiful light green and red design from Wright’s Hollyhock House— 8 1/2” by 21”

Three Second Place Winners
Grades 3 - 7
Set of FLW and architecture books for kids (valued at $100):

  • Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids
  • The Architecture Book
  • The House I Live In: At Home in America
  • Fun with Architecture

Grades 8 - 12
DesignWorkshop Classic (valued at $100)
A fast, friendly 3D software for creating 3D models, walkthroughs, and renderings, from initial sketches to 3D worlds. Used by Middle Schools and High Schools.

Five Third Place Winners
Grades 3 - 7
Young Architects Set (valued at over $75)
Help a young person discover the world of architecture with this innovative design and building set, which can be used again and again. The child first creates a floor plan using room templates. He or she then furnishes the floor plan using furniture guides and colored pencils. Finally, the child turns the floor plan into a three-dimensional model, using acrylic walls and peel-and-stick doors and windows. Selected by Toy Tips as one of 1993’s “top ten toys.”

Grades 8 - 12
Master Builders Set (valued at over $75)
An elaborate building system comprised of miniature bricks and architectural details such as columns, finials, pediments, window lintels, chimneys, dentil moulding, arches with keystones, and a roofing system. 170 pieces.


Chris Hungerford
Author, PBS Frank Lloyd Wright contest; Teacher, EXCEL Alternative High School, Marshalltown, IA; Technology and Learning 1998 Teacher of the Year Regional Award Winner
Pam Carunchio
Director of Education, Foundation for Architecture, Philadelphia PA
Linda Braley
Architect and Webmaster, Foundation for Architecture, Philadelphia, PA
PBS Online staff

Teachers: To learn how this activity can be integrated into your classroom activities, please see Information for Teachers.