AIAS and Kawneer "School of Tomorrow" Student Design Competition Winners Selected
February 24, 2011

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer Company Inc. announced the winners of the “Schools of Tomorrow” student design competition. Now in its fifth year, the Kawneer-sponsored competition is designed to challenge students to learn about building materials, specifically architectural aluminum building products and systems in the design of a modern and creative school for students ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

Susan Butts - Ball State University, “Propel Elementary School”
First Place ($2500)
With Seattle as its setting, Butts’ school was designed as an extension of Seattle’s Lake Union Park to influence holistic learning experiences to its community and students. It was inspired by the city’s vibrant history, natural spirit and progressive goals.

Nate Boykin - Clemson University, “FORMative Interaction”
Second Place ($1500)
In his design, Boykin wanted “to transform [the school] experience from a child's perspective and at the same time offer teachers versatility with their spaces. If teachers only have one way to teach, only one type of student can learn. A variety of spaces mean a variety of interactions that can meet every type of student need.”

Tang Heng Quanh and Mario Christian Lavorato – University of Toronto, “The Hive: Alternative Learning Center”
Third Place ($750)
Quanh and Lavorato stated that they felt “schools were too stratified and tended to stifle social interaction between students of differing grades or classes, specifically between youngest and eldest.” Their design was intended to give students a sense of belonging and reduce the anxiety associated with age, grade or class divide.

Honorable mentions ($500) were awarded to Jansel Irarragorry (University of Central Florida, “Unparalled”);
Gregor Schuller (Technische Universität Cottbus, “Montessori-Primary School Schwarzheide”); and Chris Simmons and Melissa Klemeyer (Ball State University, “A Living School”).  

Winning entries can be viewed online and will be published in the Spring 2011 issue of Crit: Journal of the AIAS.  In addition, they will be displayed at the AIAS FORUM 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona from December 29, 2011 - January 1, 2012. 

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