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 spaces that we choose to make and live in become who we are. That is something that I learned in my travels with Lyceum and maybe that is the simplicity that I was searching for.

Josiah Kinney 2021, First Prize

I always find it interesting the memories we try to cling to and remember every little detail. I remember breathing in every salty breath deeply to savor the seconds in hopes they would last a lifetime. I remember looking at the Italian sky and suddenly realizing I have looked at it for years prior in paintings. Suddenly, picturesque paintings that depicted a landscape I thought dramatic were actually real.

Mikayla Williams 2021, Jon McKee Prize

Thank you for this life-changing opportunity.

Leslie Finnie 2018, 1st Place

The greatest lesson I took away from this trip was the importance of human scale and designing with the pedestrian in mind first and foremost. I can't express my gratitude enough for the opportunity to partake in such an incredible learning experience, and I look forward with much anticipation to see how these lessons will continue to inform my career as a young designer.

Avery Seip 2021, Second Prize

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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


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