Announcing the Film Challenge Winners and Public Voting

After an intensive and inspiring journey, we are proud to introduce the winners of the 2015 Look Up Film Challenge. With only 16 days to produce one film, each team brought truly unique perspectives to architecture and filmmaking through their insightful films. 

The three winning teams have won round trip flights to Austin, TX and Festival Film Badges for the SXSW Film Festival in 2016, and $3,000 in cash prizes collectively. The winners have also been invited to the Chicago Biennial, which marks the launch of the next phase of the Look Up Film Challenge.

We are pleased to announce a Public Voting addition to, where all 13 finalist films will be hosted for the chance to win the People’s Choice Award. We invite you to watch the diverse array of finalist films and give us your personal opinion.

Voting is simple. To watch the films and vote for your favorite, click the button below or go to

Be sure to share with your friends and family and get the word out about these wonderful films!



Grand Prize:

My City Listens

Team: Soha Momeni and Andrew Jeric


Runner Up:

The RED Office

Team: Jeff Durkin and Dragan Radoicic


Third Place:

Mixed Plate Hawaii

Team: Kaoru Lovett, Graham Hart, and Ronald Ribao


Recognition Awards


Community Impact:

Designing for Progress

Team: Alex Amerri, Tony de Jesus, and Kenji Arai


Design Resilience:

Cradle to Cradle

Team: Tibi Strazzera and Jessie Davis


Historic Preservation:

Architect Tim Boden

Team: Aric Spence, Rob Lindner, and Tim Boden



Team: Ishan Thakore


Design and Health:

Hometown Care

Team: James Lockwood and Matt Gerstner


Diversity and Inclusion:

Mixed Plate Hawaii

Team: Kaoru Lovett, Graham Hart, and Ronald Ribao


Emerging Professionals:

High Line

Team: Cody Gardner, Max Warshaw, and Jimmy McKeever


For more information about the finalists, read the Look Up Film Challenge Finalists Blog.


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