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AIAS and Kawneer partner for student design competition

August 18, 2011 |

For the sixth consecutive year, The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer Company, Inc. invite students of architecture and design to submit 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 cornerstone of our community – 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, with many universities adopting the competition as a class project.

Three winning designs and three honorable 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.

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