2009 Municipal Courthouse Student Design Competition

Sponsor: AIAS, Kawneer North America

Type: open, 2-stage, student

Language: English

Eligibility: All students of architecture and design in North America (and members of the AIAS not residing in North America). Entries will be accepted for individuals as well as team solutions. Teams should be made up of no more than four students.

Registration fee:
$10 (if no one on the team is a member of AIAS)

1st Prize – $2,500
Total prize money is $7,225, including the first prize.

14 October, 2009 – registration deadline
4 December, 2009 – submission deadline
21 December, 2009 – winners announced

Jury: To be announced on 28 August, 2009.

Design Challenge:
This competition challenges students to learn about building materials, specifically architectural aluminum building products and systems in the design of a secure and sustainable municipal courthouse.
The designer (or team) may select any site from one of these five US metropolitan areas across the United States:
1. Atlanta, GA
2. Chicago, IL
3. Portland, OR
4. San Diego, CA
5. Washington, DC
The objectives of this competition are:
-To research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing a municipal courthouse that serves the selected site and community
-To build knowledge about materials, products, and installation (primarily Kawneer architectural aluminum building products and systems that can help earn LEED® certification points)
-To design a sustainable facility utilizing the USGBC LEED® building standards
-To design a facility that looks to the civic, cultural and service needs of the community both now and into the future
-To encourage the use of sustainable and universal design principles for development of both the building and site

Submission Requirements:
Winning designers will be required to submit a CD containing original files/images for use in competition publications and exhibit materials, including:
– Completed submission information cover page including all team members and faculty sponsors
-Each of the four 20″X 20″ boards as a high resolution Portable Document Format (PDF) file, or individually as 150 DPI Image (JPEG, TIFF or GIF) files
-A copy of the design essay as a high resolution Portable Document Format (PDF) file or Document (DOC) file

For more information, go to: http://www.aias.org/kawneer/program.php