Architecture students receive honorable mention in competition

September 1, 2009

In July architecture students Justin Hui (B. Arch. ‘11), Gary Huafan He (B.Arch. ‘09), Justin Chu (B.Arch. ‘09), and faculty sponsor Jerry Wells received an honorable mention for their submission to the Preservation as Provocation: Re-thinking Kahn’s Salk Institute, an international student design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, Historic Resources Committee (AIA HRC) and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).

The contest challenged students to envision the preservation of Louis H. Kahn's Salk Institute while rethinking current conventions about composition, construction, and building performance.

The team’s entry, Parts to Whole: Expanding the Serial Front of Louis Kahn's Salk Institute, was recognized for its “high quality and clarity” and allowed the jury of three “to understand the experiential quality of the design. The tectonic qualities described in the diagram of the parts show a clear connection to Kahn's work but the fragmented nature of the final.”

There was a first-place winner and five honorable mentions from among the 122 entries submitted from around the globe. Andrew Nahmias (B.Arch. ‘09) contributed to the Cornell team’s project.

The winning projects will be on display at the ACSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, March 2010 and at the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Miami, June 2010.

The ACSCA was founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education; AIA HRC is engaged in promoting the role of the historic architect within the profession.

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