Competition Parameters


The Work should be a physical object that brings the beholder’s attention to the nature and quality of the air in the immediate environment, defined for the purposes of the Competition as: inside or near West Mall Building and Battle, Sutton, and Goldsmith Halls of the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. (Map here.) Works that also quantify in some way will be preferred. Works that are shippable and technically and economically feasible will also be preferred. Those that are not, and are still of high interest, may be chosen for display and publication as representations.

Dates and Deadlines

Stage 1: Written and drawn proposals submitted digitally to and $50, non-refundable entry fee paid here by midnight April 15, 2018. The entry fee is waived for students.Notification of selection/non-selection by judges by May 15, 2018.

Stage 2: Selected Proposals, constructed, shipped to Austin for assembly/installation by the artists and/or organizers by September 15, 2018. (Shipping address below). Exhibition dates October 1–18, 2018.

Stage 3: Judging and awards: First, Second, and Third prizes for installed Works: $1000, $500, $425 respectively, announced October 17, 2018.

Stage 4: Documentation by organizers for publication in CENTER 23: A I R (2019). Return shipping of works, as required, by CAAD to artists.


Entrants to the Competition may be artists, students or practitioners, in the sciences, arts, or professions, over 18 years old, individually or in partnership. Non-exclusive permission to publish all proposals and installations—online and in print—must be granted to CAAD. Full credit of authorship is guaranteed.



The Center for American Architecture and Design:
Professor Michael Benedikt, Director:
Assistant Professor Clay Odom, A I R Project Co-director:
Leora Visotzky, CAAD Program Coordinator:

Competition Proposal submissions:

Shipping Address:
CAAD, School of Architecture
The University of Texas at Austin
310 Inner Campus Dr., B7500
Austin, TX 78712