Roanoke Urban Effect

Roanoke Urban Effect 2008 Design Competition

Open, international

30 September 2008 – Registration deadline

31 October 2008 – Submission deadline

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Union Station 2020

Union Station 2020: A crossroads for the High-Speed Rail City

Open, international

15 October2008 – Registration deadline

15 October 2008 – Submission deadline

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Business Centre Design Competition

Business Centre Design Competition in Piura, Peru

Open, international
20 September 2008 – Registration deadline
1 October 2008 – Submission deadline

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Interview: Craig Hartman FAIA of SOM (Spring 2000)



View from rooftop of San Francisco Airport International Terminal View to skylights from terminal interior


COMPETITIONS: What led you to the study of architecture?


HARTMAN: It wasn’t so much architecture, as what architecture is about. When I was a kid I loved to draw and paint, loved science and, to a certain extent, math. Growing up in the sixties, when NASA was in the news, I was probably one of the millions who thought that space and science was the greatest thing. So I did all these science fairs and was even invited to some schools which had engineering programs. When I saw what it was actually about—the curriculum—it seemed very dry to me, not nearly as exciting as I had imagined it to be. My father was absolutely adamant that I not become an artist. At about that time one of my cousins, who was taking a course on architecture in college, came home. I saw the work and felt it was really interesting stuff. Initially to me architecture as an idea was more the pieces which made up architecture rather than the excitement of designing buildings. In fact, my understanding of architecture as a kid in Indiana was that of an arcane profession—certainly not cutting edge. When I discovered through one of my teachers that Ball State University had just undertaken the first architecture program in the state, I felt I should check it out, especially since our family finances precluded my going to an out-or-state school. It turned out to be an incredibly great experience.


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San Francisco Terminal: vehicle approach to airside (above, left); plan (above, right) and structural concept (below)


COMPETITIONS: That was still when the program was based in quonset huts?


HARTMAN: It was. And those were great times. The school was all in one place, and I believe that students often learn as much from one another as they do from faculty. We had some very energized young faculty there at the time, and that was a huge part of it. Tony Costello, for instance, was a huge influence on me.


COMPETITIONS: It was a great experiment.

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St. Francis High School Louisville, KY


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Wheeling Millennium Plaza Competition


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Salt Lake City Library Competition


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San Francisco State University Gateway Competition


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United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – Geneva, Switzerland


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Denver Civic Center Competition


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