Cornell chapter takes fourth in NOMAS competition

December 3, 2009

The Cornell University student chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) took fourth prize during the association's 37th international conference and exposition, in St. Louis. Entries into the student competition addressed "holistic urban infill housing" in the Gateway City.

The Cornell entry, titled Hogar:Home, was designed for a young and growing family, so the team designed the residence around the idea of transition.

"[The family's] status as immigrants implies both drastic and subtle changes in lifestyle, daily routines, and even family dynamics. … The presence of the grandparents implies a cross-generational transition of knowledge and culture. … Our response to these conditions was to create a house with highly adaptable spaces in which transformations and the development of the family could happen naturally," the team's entry explains.

Also during the NOMA conference, Nenha Young (B.Arch. '12) was elected to be one of two student representatives to the NOMA board of directors for 2010.

Contributors to the design team included: Young, Diana Lin (B.Arch. '10), Roberto Soto (B.Arch. '14), Charles Williams (B.Arch. '13), Kristina Alford (B.Arch. '13), Yazma Rajbhandary (B.Arch. '12), Oscar Hernandez-Gomez (B.Arch. '10), Daniel Torres (B.Arch. '14), Mauricio Vieto (B.Arch. '13), James Nguyen (B.Arch. '14).

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