Virginia Society AIA Prize Announced

Robert Lingo of Virginia Tech  submitted the winning entry.
Robert Lingo of Virginia Tech submitted the winning entry.

The annual Virginia Society AIA Prize competition was held over the weekend of Feb. 1-4, 2013.  This year’s competition has a new partner and Corporate Sponsor, the Virginia Housing Development Authority, who collaborated with faculty from Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center to develop the competition program brief.  Students in Virginia’s architecture schools were given the program Friday at 5 p.m.  The students worked over the weekend to create a board presenting their design solution by 9 a.m. Monday morning.

The 2013 Prize program asked the students to propose a design for a mixed-use fire station combined with dwelling units for the Beauregard neighborhood in Alexandria.

From the program:

“The building should consider the well-being of the community, enhancing a sense of place by designing this mixed use building for dwelling and fire protection. Mixed-use/mixed-income developments are important in the revitalization of older communities, complementing existing communities, traditionally designed in proximity of housing to goods, services, transportation and jobs. Giving new life to older communities such as Beauregard will come about by introducing new dwellings and protections (such as a fire station) to these communities. In this design competition you are asked to consider the powerful qualities of both fire and dwelling as you devise a design that reaches beyond pragmatic and efficient means. Your design should emphasize the power of home and fire while creating a potential for happiness, comfort, and security within this new community.”

Faculty from the schools (Hampton University, Virginia Tech WAAC, Virginia Tech Blacksburg, and the University of Virginia) reviewed all the submitted boards and selected ten finalists from each school to send to the Society.  The jury, chaired by Mary Patton Cox, FAIA, met in April to select this year’s winner as well as Best of School boards from each of the remaining schools.

The 2013 Virginia Society AIA Prize Winner is Robert Lingo of Virginia Tech

From the jury:

“We liked the way this entry takes the program from the abstract to the real, all in one board.  We liked the use of the foundry, combining a positive use of fire with a firefighting facility.  We also liked the varying scales, both macro and micro.  This entrant clearly thought beyond the scope of the problem, incorporating a community outreach component, into their solution.  The board is also a nicely designed composition.  Anyone can understand the presentation techniques.”

Best of School WAAC – Liz M. Fibleuil

From the jury:

“We liked the bold expression of fire, and the bold strokes of the presentation.  The entry takes an intangible and gives it three-dimensional expression in the forms and floor plan.  The use of color in the board is very vivid, as is the use of text in the descriptions of the design concepts.  The concept was conveyed well and well executed; we understood what they were trying to say.”

Best of School Hampton University – Alvin L. Mendoza

From the jury:

“This was a project that truly integrates the sense of community into the complex.  Not a traditional fire station per se, but that is partly what makes it remarkable.  It’s an iconic structure which is tied into the community and integrates the programmatic elements.  We liked the lyrical illustration of licks of flame, which is a creative interpretation.”

Honorable Mention – Kevin Gerrity, Virginia Tech

From the jury:

“We understand that this is not really a practical solution, but we liked the strong conceptual design, especially the components that can be plugged in as needed… very adaptable! The design of the board is lovely, very striking. The imagery is quite alluring, it draws you to it. Even the text box lines up with the residential floor plans. The section and floor plans describe it very well. A strong idea.”

The Virginia Society AIA Prize is sponsored by the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

VHDA Sponsors Virginia Society AIA Prize

The Virginia Housing Development Authority, a self-supporting, non-profit created by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1972, helps Virginians attain quality, affordable housing. Their goals include increasing affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households; under-served minority populations; people with disabilities; and the frail elderly. They also work to ensure an ongoing inventory of affordable housing.

Recognizing that architects can provide the solutions they seek, the VHDA is sponsoring the 2013 student prize. The Virginia Society AIA Prize presented by Virginia Housing Development Authority is held annually near the start of the year. Students will spend the weekend of Feb. 1–3 designing a response to a problem created by faculty from one of Virginia’s architecture schools in collaboration with the VHDA.

Each school’s faculty reviews the submissions and sends up to 10 finalists to Richmond for final judging, which is expected to take place in early March.

Virginia Society AIA Prize Awarded to UVa Student

Jury Member Andrea Quilici, AIA, presents the 2012 Virginia Society AIA Prize to Eric Kuhn of the University of Virginia

The Virginia Society AIA Prize is a statewide student design competition, held each January.  2012 was the 32nd year for this competition.  Over the course of one weekend, students from Hampton University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech WAAC respond to a problem brief written by a faculty member from one of the participating schools.

The 2012 VSAIA Prize problem was Temporary Permanence: Emergency Housing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Students were asked to design a small house or set of houses to be used as emergency shelter after hurricanes or severe storms in the area of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The designs were to be semi-permanent, and reusable. They were to be located in proximity to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (i.e., Hatteras Light) in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Buxton, North Carolina.

The 2012 Prize Jury members were Paula Loomis, FAIA, Chair; Kurt Keesecker, AIA; Andrea Quilici, AIA; Mike Stoneking; and John Diven.  The Jury is asked to award one Virginia Society AIA Prize winner, one Best of School from each other participating school, and may elect to award Honorable Mentions.  This jury elected to designate two Honorable Mentions and two boards as Notable for certain creative aspects of their solution. The Virginia Society AIA Prize went to Eric Kuhn of the University of Virginia for his entry Sky Tent. The Prize was awarded during the Virginia Design Forum on March 17, 2012 at the University of Virginia.

Students Compete in Virginia Society AIA Prize

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Students from Hampton University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, and the University of Virginia took part in the 32nd annual Virginia Society AIA Prize competition over the weekend of Jan. 27–30, 2012. From those submissions, each school advances 10 finalists; the winning design will be selected by a jury in February.

This year’s competition problem was developed by faculty at Hampton University and addressed our ability (or inability) to provide temporary emergency housing. Students were asked to propose a semi-permanent and reusable intervention in one of the region’s most naturally vulnerable locations — Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The problem asked students to design one prototypical unit, not to exceed 600 square-feet, capable of housing up to 4 individuals. Designs were to include a site plan demonstrating how four of these prototypical units could be arranged to form the embryo of a community. Students were also asked to envision how these structures could be used as housing for special events during non-catastrophic times.

The Virginia Society AIA Prize — along with the accompanying $2000 check — will be awarded during the Virginia Design Forum: Skins, March 16-17, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Best of School nods (and possibly an honorable mention or two) will be noted as well. An exhibition of all of the finalists will tour each of the schools and will wrap up in the ArchEx Exhibit Hall at Architecture Exchange East on Nov. 8–9.