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Student design competition open

August 18, 2011  By Kawneer


Student design competition open
For the sixth consecutive year, The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer invite students of architecture and design to make submissions for the annual Student Design Competition.

August 18, 2011 – For the sixth consecutive year, The American Institute
of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer invite students of
architecture and design to make submissions for the annual Student
Design Competition. Sponsored by Kawneer and administered by AIAS, the
2011 competition will challenge students to design a stadium, civic
center or arena while learning about building materials, specifically
architectural aluminum building products and systems. The total amount
of prize money for winning entries will be $7,225.

“Stadiums and arenas often serve as cornerstones of our communities –
places where we can come together to celebrate or rally in a time of
need,” said Joshua Caulfield, executive director for the AIAS. “Each
year, this competition provides architecture and design students with an
invaluable opportunity to not only expand their experience, but also
learn about new techniques and products as well as have their work
viewed by several industry influencers. We are pleased to work with
Kawneer again on such a beneficial competition.”
 This year’s competition requires participants to select a city and
outdoor sport of their choosing and create an environmentally friendly
facility that will serve the community as well as serve alternative
programming to lessen the overall wastefulness of the structure.
Additionally, students will be tasked to design a space that is
resilient in all forms of weather, including hurricanes and tropical
storms of the Gulf, while seating a minimum of 25,000 patrons.
Competition objectives also include building knowledge about materials,
products and techniques that can help earn Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) certification points while creating a fun
and exciting atmosphere for sports viewing. Submissions will be
evaluated based on ingenuity and originality, as well as appropriate use
of sustainable products and overall design clarity.
The competition receives several hundred submissions from dozens of
schools and universities throughout the United States and Canada, with many
universities adopting the competition as a class project. Three winning
designs and three honourable mentions will be selected by the
competition’s jury, comprised of industry professionals with experience
relevant to the year’s topic. In previous years students were challenged
to design a hurricane resistant campus-based recreation center, a
library for the 21st century, a municipal courthouse and a school.
Students interested in participating in the competition must register
no later than October 1, 2011. Submissions must be made digitally via
the competition website on or before November 1, 2011. Winners for the
2011 competition will be announced no later than December 1, 2011, via
the competition and AIAS websites. The winning projects will be
displayed at the 2011 AIAS Forum in Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 29, 2011 –
January 1, 2011, and at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington,
D.C. as well as in June issue of Crit, the journal of the AIAS.
“Each year Kawneer looks forward to this competition and seeing the
creative and unique design ideas brought forth by students from across
the nation,” said Kimberly Ferro, vice-president of marketing and product development for Kawneer North America. “We are committed to providing
educational opportunities and offering products, solutions and tools
that help architects of all ages make their visions a reality.”


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