Poster 900
2023 Competition

Old Town Mall — Reimagined

Program Author and Jury Chair:
Douglass Alligood AIA, LEED AP, NOMA
Partner, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

The Old Town Mall, the long abandoned outdoor pedestrian retail mall in the heart of Baltimore’s "Black Butterfly", is the site of our 2023 competition. Centering on benefit to the neighborhood, students are challenged to redevelop the four-block, 16-acre parcel. Designers will explore new programs for the site, study preservation vs. demolition options, evaluate public vs. private uses, and propose methods for engaging the community.

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The opportunity to travel and deeply explore my interests in architecture and design was an incredible one. Participating in the competition and all the future work that has been an incredible experience that has further fueled my desire to improve my skill-set and design better spaces. I am very grateful and feel very privileged to have had this incredible experience. Thank you to my mentor and the people at the Lyceum foundation who organize this competition every year for making all this possible

Ambikesh Mishra 2017, Second Place
Experiences

Overall, this was absolutely a life-changing trip.

Joshua Antolovic 2017, 1st Place
Experiences

By starting graduate school immediately after, I could see the reflection of my travels in my studio work. If it weren’t for this fellowship, I would not have been exposed to the concepts that drove my design experimentation. Once again, thank you so much for this unforgettable experience!

Rachel Coulomb 2017, 3rd Place
Experiences

Thank you for this life-changing opportunity.

Leslie Finnie 2018, 1st Place
Experiences

Travel By the Numbers

1986–Present
Competitions
36
Students
374
In Prize Money
$540K
Months of Travel
278
Countries
110
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2022 Winners Announced!

The competition programs have spanned the continent and globe, challenging students to think broadly about the venues and opportunities for creative design, environmental and social impact.

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2022 Competition

LYCEUM STUDIOS

Faculty are enthusiastically encouraged to structure design studios around Lyceum competition briefs. Sign up for our emails to be among the first to learn about new competitions on the website. "The Lyceum Fellowship Competition is an outstanding learning experience for the student competitors and faculty advisors. The project brief provides a detailed and informed foundation, and the integration of developing a travel proposal along with a design project encourages expansive thinking. Aspects raised through design inquiry open portals to seeking in-situ learning. The method of presentation encourages both independent exploration and the focus to convey ideas through concise expression. While the prizes are substantial, it was evident that an incredibly valuable semester was its own reward." Joanna Lombard, University of Miami Faculty Advisor