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
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
attn: Frank Lloyd Wright Contest
Grades 3 - 7 and 8-12
FLW Hollyhock Stained Glass hanging (valued at over $200)
A beautiful light green and red design from Wrights 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 1993s 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.