Architecture students win three national competitions

May 8, 2007

M.Arch. student Javier Galindo has been selected as one of three winners of a prestigious travel fellowship of $10,000 from international architects Kohn Pedersen Fox. For the second year running KPF has invited submissions from the universities attended by their partners. Galindo’s portfolio was selected out of 43 entries. The competition was juried by two KPF design partners, as well as external writers and critics including architectural historian William Curtis and Robert Campbell, architectural editor of the Boston Globe. The chair of the jury was Paul Finch, editor of Architectural Review.

Galindo will use the fellowship to travel to capital cities in Latin America during summer 2007, studying rapid globalization. He proposes "to search for high-commodified places in the modern Latin American city to reveal how the idiosyncratic malleable culture of the place counterbalances that foreign intrusion and the possible new scenarios/typologies that are created because of that friction."

Third-year architecture student Gary He is also a winner. He has received one of four awards for design made by the Boston Society of Architects' Pursuit of Housing awards program. His project -- Artist Lofts, Ithaca, New York -- was designed in a second-year studio called The Sectional City, taught by Associate Professor Milton Curry. The competition was open to undergraduates and graduates in any architecture program.

Second-year B.Arch. students Nicholette Chan, Andrew Kim, and Jean You have won first place in the fourth annual AIAS/ICPF Chair Affair Student Design Competition, in which students design chairs utilizing corrugated board and glue. Selected from 176 entries, six finalists' chairs were displayed in the AIAS Student Lounge and Gallery in San Antonio. The Chair Affair’s definition of a chair is anything that elevates a user of an undetermined size off the ground comfortably for an extended period of time. "We transformed the chair into a unit that could accumulate to fit any place and accommodate varying densities of population," say the design team. They received an honorarium of $2,500 for their project.

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