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AIAS and Kawneer Announce National Student Design Competition Winners

Washington, DC—The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer recently announced the winners of a national student design competition. The competition sponsored by Kawneer and administered by the AIAS, challenged students to design a crisis-ready stadium at which we congregate to engage in large social events as well as a rallying point in times of need. Total prize money was $7,750, including $3,000 for the first place winning design.

Participants were challenged to address specific design elements and were evaluated on the stadium’s response to the realities of climate change and natural disasters such as hurricanes, original use of weather resistive design elements and crisis-ready solutions for today’s modern facilities, and creative use of space for entertainment and refuge purposes.

The jury was comprised of architectural experts, including Kelly Anderson, LEED AP and Sergio Gomez, from Lehman Smith McLeish, Kevin Fitzgerald, AIA, AIA Director for Emerging Professionals, and Eric Zaddock.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

First Place
John Melby, fourth year student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee received First place for “Survivor One”, set in Jacksonville, Florida. With a notion to “prepare and prevent, don’t repair and replace”, “Survivor One” integrates Kawneer products and a unique design concepts of space, such as an underground safety site and a metaphorical blanket of safety. John's facutly advisor was Nicholas Cascarano.

Second Place
Dana Dimalanta, Brianna Silva, Remi Ziems, Miranda Mead, high school students at Advanced Technologies Academy received Second place for “The Surge”, set in Tallahassee, Florida. With an aerodynamic shape to withstand winds from a class five hurricane, “The Surge” offers a place of gathering for recreational activities as well as a safe haven for the community.

Third Place
Rameez Munawar, Karl Sobel, David Ensor, fourth year students at University of Maryland received third place for the “Sun Life Complex”, set in Miami, Florida. Their design merges ideas of entertainment, tourism, and hospitality for regional civic architecture.

The jury awared honorable mentions to the following:

“Aqua Haven”
Joseph Podolski, Fred Lebed, Andrew Leung
Graduate Student & Recent Graduates, Clemson University

“Hurricanes Stadium”
Taylor Shumate, Bryam Wadia
Fifth Year Students, University of Miami

“Stone Sanctuary”
Caleb Fisher
Fourth Year Student, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Advisor: Nicholas Cascarano

About the sponsor
Kawneer is headquartered in Norcross, GA and is the leading manufacturer of architectural aluminum products and systems for the commercial construction industry. Kawneer is part of Alcoa’s global Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business. Alcoa BCS manufactures and markets architectural systems and products in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Alcoa is the world’s leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry.

View the winning submissions here:

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