In the fall, six Department of Architecture students received design awards. Jesse Bright, a fifth-year M. Arch student, was awarded First Prize in the annual “Best of the Best” student design awards program sponsored by AIA Kansas. Five students won honorable mentions in the American Institute of Steel Construction’s 13th Annual Steel Design Student Competition.
Bright’s project, “Common Ground,” was completed during assistant professor Joe Colistra’s fourth-year Comprehensive Design Studio. The semester-long project was a community center located in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver. Programmatic functions included a restaurant, market, business incubator, and extensive community gardens.
His design incorporates a cladding system of native Colorado stone that reflects the local context and a steel frame structure based on the shape of a mining trestle. Architecture students from KU and K-State presented their work to conference attendees who then voted for the top project. Bright’s award came with a cash prize.
The AISC competition challenges students to explore a variety of design issues related to the use of steel in design and construction. Chad Guempel received his award for the Building-To-Bridge category. This category challenges students to design a steel pedestrian bridge that will enrich its location and provide a spatial link between two points. His bridge spanned the Rio Grande in Albuquerque. Rainwater was collected from canopies that spanned the bridge. The work was done as a part of assistant professor Genevieve Baudoin’s 812 competitions studio.
A team of three students also won an honorable mention for their entry in the open category of the AISC competition. They are Sarah Limbocker, Marcia Trein, Lina Burnett, and Sunyoung Kim. Their project was called, “Synchronous Paths: Toward a Center for Autism.” Their entry was developed as a part of the Arch 808 studio taught by assistant professor Bruce Johnson.
The Synchronous Paths Center for Autism in Brooklyn proposes to educate the public at large on both the myths and facts about autism. The center features educational exhibits, classrooms, and meeting spaces, and recreational and green spaces. It utilizes an ultra-light space frame structural system to span between existing piers at the edge of the Brooklyn waterfront.