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To enter create a 2-3 minute video OR a 300 to 500-word essay.

Tell us:

  • how(where) you are learning this year and
  • how the architecture of your environment affected learning.



The DLA Architects, Ltd. THINK [about architecture] SCHOLARSHIP is an opportunity for talented graduating students to demonstrate the role that architecture plays in their lives. The specific purpose of the scholarship is:

  • to promote an understanding of the built environment and how people interact with it, especially schools;
  • to foster a genuine interest in the societal value of architecture as an art form and an enhancement to the general quality of life; and
  • to encourage high school students to pursue higher education, especially in architecture.

At DLA Architects, we don’t only see the THINK [about architecture] Scholarship as a competition, but also as a learning experience all around. We hope that by participating, students learn to look at the built environment around them and think about why things are done the way they are and how these decisions affect everyone who uses the building or grounds. The social aspect of the competition, we hope, empowers students to get other people to think about architecture, too.

Candidates participate by submitting a creative video response to show us how they interact with our design and demonstrate what the space makes possible.


in Scholarships offered
since 1997


Students Awarded
since 1997

Past Winners

Slide Rachael Lee Lake Zurich High School 2021 - STATE FIRST PLACE Jury Comments: "Outstanding video on the flexibility of this space and the impact it has on learning...especially during a pandemic."

Slide Rinna Kim Lake Zurich High School 2021 - STATE RUNNER UP Jury Comments: "Great presentation. The only thing I would have liked to hear was 'I learned x because Y' but that closing really made up for it. "

Slide Allison Brown Lockport High School 2020 - STATE FIRST PLACE Jury Comments: "Allison did a good job connecting the way the students use the different spaces to what it helps them accomplish in terms of learning"

Slide Abigail Belsan Lemont High School 2020 - STATE RUNNER UP Jury Comments: "Abigail did a great job tying together how she used spaces like the green screen room for her learning and how others have used it for different classes or experiences. Nice tie in mentioning work experience, too."

Slide Lake Zurich High School Linnea Petropoulos 2019 - STATE FIRST PLACE
Jury Comments: "Linnea did a nice job explaining how the space allows for collaboration and small group study."

Slide Michelle Hansen Richards High School 2019 - STATE FIRST PLACE
Jury Comments: "Great description of the use of space and the impact it has on the students and surrounding community."