2009 McKinley House Competition

Sponsor: Buffalo Emerging Professionals (BEP), a committee of AIA Buffalo/WNY, and AIA Buffalo/WNY

Type: Open to architects licensed 10 years or less, intern architects, students


Professional and licensed architects     35 USD AIA & AIAS members / 50 USD Non-members
Intern architects                30 USD AIA & AIAS members / 40 USD Non-members
Students                    25 USD AIA & AIAS members / 30 USD Non-members

1st Prize –  2,000 USD
2nd Prize – 1,000 USD

23 April 2009                  Release of competition brief
8 June 2009                   Last day of registration
11 June 2009                 Submission date of competition entries
June 30 2009                 Announcement of winning entry
July & August 2009        Production of construction documents

Richard Baer – Baer & Associates / Construction Industry Education Foundation
Brian Carter, RIBA – Dean, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
Simon Faber, Assoc. AIA – BEP
Kelly Hayes-McAlonie, AIA – AIANYS / AIA Buffalo/WNY Immediate Past President
David Jameson, FAIA – David Jameson Architect, Inc
Shanntina Moore, Assoc AIA, LEED ® AP – BEP Chair / AIA Buffalo/WNY / AIANYS Assoc. Director
Jim Staebell – McKinley High School Carpentry Program
Pat Sullivan – Scranton’s Thruway Builders Division of United Materials / Construction Industry Education Foundation

Design Challenge:
Entrants are required to design a modular home to be built by junior and senior high school students in the McKinley High School carpentry shop in Buffalo, NY and later transported to an urban site via a flatbed trailer. Entrants must consider NYS Department of Transportation guidelines for transporting the modular units to its final site. Construction documents will be produced post-competition by a licensed New York State architect and submitted for September construction.
Submission Requirements:
– Maximum modular element area: 12’ (W) x 50’(L)
– Maximum building height 1 -1/2 story building. Please note: four (4) – 12’ x 50’ x 10’ units are not permitted due to limited storage space
– Provide 2 – 3 bedrooms
– Provide at least 1 ADA accessible bathroom; 1 -1/2 baths minimum
– Integrate locally sourced materials including sustainable and recycled materials
– Use standard material sizes and increments (i.e. 4’ or 8’ drywall) and conventional detailing methods while challenging the general aesthetic appearance of the building
– Designs must provide flexibility regarding site orientation, entrance to the building and allowance for optional design elements (i.e. mudroom, porch, etc.)
– All drawings must be 24” (H) x 36” (W) in “landscape” format; 10 drawings maximum, including specifications (please see the Appendix for an example of the minimum level of drawing detail required).
– Submit competition materials and registration fee via e-mail

For more information, go to: http://aiabuffalowny.org/BEP/mckinley

Email: mckinley.competition@gmail.com