Student Design Awards 2016

AIA Maryland Student Design Awards 2016

In its tenth year, the purpose of the Student Design Awards Program is to recognize excellence in architectural design, promote architecture in the State of Maryland and to build a relationship between AIA Maryland and the academic community. The student awards program is part of AIA Maryland’s annual Design Awards program. Eligibility is limited to students enrolled in an architectural program at a community college, college, or university in Maryland, or residents of Maryland enrolled in architectural programs located elsewhere during the 2015-2016 school year.

This year’s design awards jury is provided courtesy of AIA Kentucky. Jurors individually reviewed and rated all projects prior to the jury review. A total of 74 completed student submissions were received (25-Community College; 33-Undergraduate; 16-Graduate) and reviewed by the jury. The five-person jury team met collectively for deliberations at the offices of EOP Architects in Louisville, Kentucky in August.

The jury bestowed design awards and jury citations to 10 architectural students and student teams. Kathleen Sherrill, AIA, President, presented the architectural awards to the students for their outstanding design. Five $500 cash prize awards were granted to the recipients of the winning projects.

View the Gallery of all Student Project Submissions to the 2016 Design Awards competition

View the Video of Review Process from the 2016 Jury Team

Press Release

2016 Student Project Winners:

[Click on the thumbnail images to see full project information]

19100-03-retrofit-detroit_high-res-image-1Student Architectural Design  Graduate / Upper Level Design
DESIGN AWARD
Project: Retrofit Detroit ─ Detroit, Michigan
Student: Donna Ryu  
School: University of Virginia School of Architecture
Project Type: Studio  May 2016
Faculty Sponsor: Charles Menefee III, Associate Professor/Architecture 

JURY:
The Retrofit Detroit upper level graduate student project translates the everyday item into a vibrant design motif that drives the project’s design response. This project masterfully captures the range of potential users and activates them into formative programmatic elements that each has their own identity, form, and function. The project’s architectural drawings and visualizations articulate the design’s intent to serve as a woven narrative of material and performance. The project presents a cogent functional technique, an innovative use of materials, and a clear response to the proposed design brief that can be continually adapted as the surrounding community continues to recover and increase in density.

19102-03-interactive-plaza_high-res-image-1Student Architectural Design  Graduate / Beginning Design
DESIGN AWARD
Project: Creativity Sustaining Community ─ Georgetown, Washington, DC
Student Team: Erin Barkman and Emily Latham
School: University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
Project Type: Studio  December 2015
Faculty Sponsor: Peter Noonan, Professor of the Practice/Architecture 

JURY:
This project presents a well-developed integration of theory and practice. The jury likened this design solution as akin to the editing process that the filmmakers who will use this facility will integrate into their creative processes. The design borrows techniques such as slicing the building into frames that in turn becomes an opportunity for the solids to contain the program cores, while allowing the glazing to serve as a connective tissue for transparency and connectivity. The strong integration of sustainable concepts is also commended.

19027-04-courtneyricheson_high-res-image1Student Architectural Design  Undergraduate / Upper Level Design
DESIGN AWARD
Project: Raleigh Institute of Contemporary Art ─ Raleigh, North Carolina
Student: Courtney Richeson
School: North Carolina State University
Project Type: Studio  December 2015
Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Griffith, Adjunct Faculty Member/School of Architecture 

JURY:
The jury was impressed with the overall design, graphic quality, the variety of techniques used, and the professional manner in which this project was explored and presented. From initial ideas, to design sketches, through finished plans and models, the Art Institute proposal is a solid well-composed project.

19088-04-courtney-richeson_high-res-image1Student Architectural Design  Undergraduate / Upper Level Design
DESIGN AWARD
Project: Raleigh Urban Garden for Youth ─ Raleigh, North Carolina
Student: Courtney Richeson
School: North Carolina State University
Project Type: Studio  April 2016
Faculty Sponsor: Patrick Rand, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Architecture/Architecture 

JURY:
The integration with the landscape of these long linear elements with vegetative components succeeds as an architectural connection without disrespectful interruption. The building design enhances the site’s environmental resources while creating a vibrant public space and sense of place. This jury described this project as an “elegant, under-stated design solution that increases in complexity when examined at all scales and levels of detail.”

19039-ebic-elfallah_high-res-image1Student Architectural Design  Community College / Design Project
DESIGN AWARD
Project: East Brunswick Islamic Center ─ East Brunswick, New Jersey
Student: Amalie ElFallah
School: Montgomery College
Project Type: Studio  December 2015
Faculty Sponsor: Shorieh Talaat, Professor/Architectural Technology 

JURY:
This project uses form, materials, space and light to great advantage to communicate the spiritual nature of the building. The project’s integration into the wooded hillside site offers opportunities for protected views into the forest and expansive views over the water. The project’s spatial organization is clear and purposeful. Building forms and materials borrow from Muslim traditions while offering contemporary design solutions. This is a very well-executed student project.

19066-03-reclaiming-the-fall-zone_high-res-image-1Student Architectural Design  Graduate / Upper Level Design
JURY CITATION
Project: Reclaiming the Fall Zone: Mediating Physical and Cultural Exchange in Richmond, Virginia ─ Richmond, Virginia
Student: Kenneth Filler
School: University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Project Type: Self-Directed  May 2016
Faculty Sponsor: Peter Noonan, Professor of the Practice/School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation 

JURY:
The Reclaiming the Fall Zone upper level graduate student project is recognized for its delineation technique, compositional strategies, and combined hand-drawn and digitally created representations. The project presents a clear parti, programmatic distribution, convincing use of materials, and sensitivity to site. The jury noted that in addition to a strong design response to an underutilized site, the designer’s use of a mixed-media approach captures the variation of experiences and scaled integration that perhaps, would have not been as powerful if produced solely by digitally enhanced means.

19034-03-pocket-ecologies_high-res-image1Student Architectural Design  Graduate / Beginning Design
JURY CITATION
Project: Pocket Ecologies ─ Baghdad, Iraq
Student: Jennifer Chorosevic
School: University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
Project Type: Studio  May 2016
Faculty Sponsor: Madlen Simon, Associate Professor/Architecture 

JURY:
This project presents a 21st century approach to critical cultural issues that have local + regional + global ramifications. Congratulations are due this team for attempting such a strenuous problem. Though no real design solutions were realized, these students attempted a very large complex issue using a multi-national collaborative process to investigate a deeply-rooted and imperative challenge. We as architects must not abdicate stepping into the critical issues of our Planet.

19085-04-paper-island_high-res-image1Student Architectural Design  Undergraduate / Upper Level Design
JURY CITATION
Project: Paper Island – Maintaining An Atmosphere ─ Copenhagen, Denmark
Student: Brian Baksa
School: Morgan State University, School of Architecture + Planning
Project Type: Studio  December 2015
Faculty Sponsor: Adam Bridge, Lecturer / Academic Advisor/School of Architecture + Planning 

JURY:
As a urban planning study, this project uses contextual precedent as a springboard to re-interpret a 21st Century pedestrian scaled block that promotes urban density and mixes well with the peripheral cultural activities. The buildings are presented as massing studies only, leaving much to the imagination on how a district like this could be subsequently designed.

19047-03-skeiky-pavilion-2Student Architectural Design  Undergraduate / Beginning Design
JURY CITATION
Project: Architectural Convolution
Student: Ty Skeiky
School: Maryland Institute College of Art
Project Type: Studio  December 2015
Faculty Sponsor: Frank Fantauzzi, Department Chairman/Architectural Design 

JURY:
The hybrid hand-built model with design sketches and diagrams clearly shows the design process and the designer’s stated intent. The use of natural light to influence daily circulation reaffirms the project’s intentional connection to site. This is a well-executed beginning design project that has a strong sense of formal and tectonic sophistication.

19038-03-spectrum_high-res-image1

Student Architectural Design ─ Community College / Design Project
JURY CITATION
Project: Spectrum: Activating the Urban Streetscape ─ Silver Spring, Maryland
Student Team: Amalie ElFallah, Kaira Farrell
School: Montgomery College
Project Type: Studio  December 2015
Faculty Sponsor: Shorieh Talaat, Professor/Architectural Technology 

JURY:
The Spectrum Urban Streetscape community college student project presents a reusable and modular mobile outdoor structure that results in an ADA compliant adaptable “open office.” The jury commented on the designer’s innovative response to the research challenges that were outlined in the project brief and the designer’s totality of the design solution. While the presented project did have some areas of creative concern, the jury identified the strength of the design as its “art-to-part” adaptability and the potential of kit-of-parts assembly to challenge the conventional understanding of architecture today. The design provides an opportunity to reimagine the role that a column, wall, opening, roof, and enclosure play in the formation of a reconfigurable and branded work environment. 

19100-03-retrofit-detroit_high-res-image-1Student Architectural Design  Graduate / Upper Level Design
PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Project: Retrofit Detroit ─ Detroit, Michigan
Student: Donna Ryu  
School: University of Virginia School of Architecture
Project Type: Studio  May 2016
Faculty Sponsor: Charles Menefee III, Associate Professor/Architecture 

JURY:
The Retrofit Detroit upper level graduate student project translates the everyday item into a vibrant design motif that drives the project’s design response. This project masterfully captures the range of potential users and activates them into formative programmatic elements that each has their own identity, form, and function. The project’s architectural drawings and visualizations articulate the design’s intent to serve as a woven narrative of material and performance. The project presents a cogent functional technique, an innovative use of materials, and a clear response to the proposed design brief that can be continually adapted as the surrounding community continues to recover and increase in density.

View the Gallery of all Student Project Submissions to the 2016 Design Awards competition

Thanks to the Design Awards Jury

2016 Design Awards Jury Review Process

 

Jury Team at Work

Jury team at work

Videotaping Jury Team

Videotaping Jury comments and review

Panel of distinguished architects courtesy of AIA Kentucky

  • Richard Polk, AIA [Chair] – Principal, EOP Architects / Lexington; Louisville
  • Susan Stokes Hill, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP – Principal Emeritus, Tate Hill Jacobs Architects / Lexington
  • Michael Jacobs, AIA – Design Principal, Omni Architects / Lexington
  • Gregory Luhan, AIA, Ph.D. – Associate Dean for Administration and Professor of Architecture, University of Kentucky College of Design / Lexington
  • Jeffrey Rawlins, AIA – Design Principal, Architectural Artisans / Louisville

Juror Biographies

Special Thanks to 2016 Design Awards Sponsors

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