The 2014 Virginia Society AIA Prize began at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12 and ran over the course of one weekend. Students from Hampton University; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Virginia Tech, Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC); and the University of Virginia were eligible for the competition.

The 2014 Prize program asked students to propose a new crossing over interstate I664 in Newport News, Virginia, mixing programs to produce a new public space for the city.

Faculty from the schools (Hampton University, Virginia Tech WAAC, Virginia Tech Blacksburg, and the University of Virginia) reviewed all of the entries and selected up to ten finalists from each school.

The jury was chaired by M. Kirk Train, FAIA, and included James P. Clark, FAIA; Rob Comet, AIA; and Elizabeth Seward.



2014 Virginia Society AIA Prize

Milagros Josefina Sifon, WAAC

Said the jury: There is a consistent clarity of thought throughout. The submitter was brave enough to use the existing infrastructure and make it even better. It’s organic — turning road infrastructure into an organic form. Green spaces link the city like a connecting tissue and create a pedestrian space. The sketches give a real playfulness to the submission.


Best of School — Hampton University

Nick Shawyer

Said the jury: This was a strong attempt at urban infill. In some senses, this was the most literal interpretation. We appreciated the introduction of mixed-use.  


Best of School — University of Virginia

Yiming Li

Said the jury: The graphics were beautiful. This submission was taken to a higher level — it was very clear. The solution gives form to the roads and creates a new sense of the city.


Best of School — Virginia Tech

Alec Yuzhabenko

Said the jury: This solution was the most arresting singular image — it shows great restraint. It was iconic; very clam and restful. The idea of introducing water as a glue between two parts was powerful.


Honorable Mention

James Wood, WAAC
Said the jury: This was a strong idea. Interesting connectivity.

Bocong Chen, University of Virginia

Said the jury: Strong, simple concept. An arresting image.


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

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