Architecture students receive AIANYS awards

September 30, 2012

Natalie Kwee (B.Arch. ’13) and Anh Tran (M.Arch. ’14) are recipients of 2012 Student Awards bestowed by the American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS). Their work, along with nine other winners, was displayed at the AINYS convention in September, in Saratoga Springs.

Kwee’s winning project, Stockholm Library Extension, is a “study in combining complex forms with architectural intent, working mainly with 3D digital modeling programs and digital fabrication.” Tran’s Augmented Shores: 135th St. West Harlem Artificial Shores and Community Gardens “attempts to address the two principle characteristics of the waterfront at the … former waste transfer station in New York City: site inaccessibility and water contamination.” Each received $500 in prize money.

According to the AIANYS, the Student Awards were “established in 2007 in order to enrich and reinforce design exploration among students; to establish a stronger relationship between the profession and the academy; and to celebrate, nurture, and recognize the future leadership of our profession and society.”

The AIA national organization helped subsidize the 2012 awards through a matching grant, which led to a total of $7,000 in scholarships being distributed.

The other 2012 recipients hail from Columbia University, The Cooper Union, NYIT, Parsons The New School for Design, RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability, and RPI.

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