2016 Finalists & Winner

The Louis Vuitton SPARK Award 2016 jury session took place in S. R. Crown Hall on Thursday, April 28th. The Louis Vuitton SPARK Award 2016 recipient will be announced during Spring 2016 Open House on Friday, May 13th in S. R. Crown Hall.

The Louis Vuitton SPARK Award 2016 Jury includes: Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner, Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago; T. Lyle Barnes, Regional VP/Midwest-Mid-Atlantic, Louis Vuitton Americas; John Mulliken, VP/Store Planning & Development, Louis Vuitton Americas; Cynthia Roubik, Department of Planning, City of Chicago, Planning, Design & Historic Preservation Division; Wiel Arets, Dean, IIT Architecture Chicago; Vedran Mimica, Associate Dean of Research.

The Louis Vuitton SPARK Award 2016 Finalists projects includes:

The Pause: A Break in a Verse 

by Elmira Hosseinkhani and Mohammad Hossein Abbas

Threads of the City
by Maria Del Olmo Gomez and Mina Rezaeian

Mile End, Start!: Vertical Continuity in Threshold
by Chang Hong and Ye Chan Shin

The Square Mile: Rethinking the City: An Alternative to the Urban Canyon
by Maria Escudero and Maria Risueno

MOOP: Magnificent Mile Loop Square
by Hyungho Joo and Yoeun Chung

The Louis Vuitton Spark Award, sponsored by Louis Vuitton and the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, honors an outstanding student from the College of Architecture's undergraduate and graduate Cloud Studio program reflecting the College's focus on the City of Chicago and "Rethinking Metropolis."

The recipient of the annual Louis Vuitton SPARK Award will travel to Paris to meet with the Louis Vuitton architecture department responsible for the designs of Louis Vuitton boutiques around the world. The winning project will also be featured in an installation in the Louis Vuitton store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago later this summer.