Cathedral Innovation Challenge

Cathedral Innovation Challenge

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of Learning in 1937, and in conjunction with Pitt’s dedication to innovation as demonstrated by the University hosting the White House Frontiers Conference and Pitt Innovation Week in 2016, the Pitt Alumni Association is pleased to announce the Cathedral Innovation Challenge.

The contest is open to individual or groups of Pitt alumni, students, faculty, and staff members. Participants are encouraged to build, draw, or create replicas of the Cathedral of Learning of any size, shape, or material. Virtual replicas will also be allowed.

Submissions must be made via the attached form and received by February 24, 2017.

Submissions will be judged on creativity, innovation, originality, and likeness.  Finalists will be selected by a panel of campus judges and winners will be chosen via an online voting ballot that will be sent to all alumni on February 27, 2017.

The following prizes will be awarded:

A private, exclusive dinner for 8 in the Babcock Room on the 40th floor of the Cathedral of Learning
A University of Pittsburgh Coffee Table Book, a framed picture of the Cathedral of Learning and a $100 gift card for The Pitt Shop.
Two 2017 Pitt Football Suite tickets for one game
Two 2017 Pitt Basketball tickets for one game
Duffle Bag of Pitt/Pitt Alumni Association swag

The winning entries will be displayed at the Randall Family Big Idea Competition Awards Showcase on March 14, 2017.

Please note that all entries chosen to be finalists will not be sent back to the original creators. They will be kept to be displayed at various Pitt Alumni Association events.

For some inspiration, take a look at some other great examples of innovative replicas of the Cathedral of Learning: Art at Heinz Field, Lego Sculpture by Josh Hall, and Minecraft Cathedral.

For dimensions of the Cathedral, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Kenny Donaldson at

Please use the form below to submit your entry.

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