The Architectural Division of the American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA) has invited a select group of institutions to participate in an exciting material investigation focused on novel means of integration of composite constructions into architectural production. The strongest and most imaginative results of this challenge will be prominently featured in the CompositeBuild.com booth #2401 at the upcoming AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.
Composites in Architecture Design Challenge
The ACMA asked student teams to consider the development of a composite architectural/ building component or assembly. The teams were free to imagine and interpret uses and include strong integration with other more normative building systems.
To facilitate the Challenge, the ACMA conducted a workshop for the participating students which included a series of seminars and hands on activities that introduced various aspects ranging from material selection, mechanical properties, production techniques and safety.
The 15 student teams from 4 prominent universities presented their concept designs in early April, and a team of experts from the composites and architectural community selected several of these teams to showcase their designs at the AIA Expo in Philadelphia in May 2016. The selected teams will be displayed in the CompositeBuild.com booth #2401. The top teams will be awarded cash prizes, sponsored by composite resin producer Ashland, Inc., and these will be presented in the ACMA’s Composite Pavilion, Composites Central booth #2407, during the show.
Our distinguished panel of experts included:
- Billie Faircloth- Kieran Timberlake
- Jason Vollen- AECOM
- Steven Van Dyck- LMN Architects
- Tom Wiscombe- Tom Wiscombe Architecture
- Jefferson Ellinger- E/Ye Design
- Bill Kreysler- Kreysler and Associates
- Kevin Lambrych- Ashland, Inc.
- Kevin Spoo- Owens Corning
- Neil Smith- Composites One
Special thanks to David Riebe of Windsor Fiberglass for coordinating this first Composites in Architecture Design Challenge.
THE WINNING TEAMS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED!
The top designs, as chosen by the panel:
1st: UCLA | “Undulating Gills“
2nd: Temple University | “B3OCC Pavilion“
3rd: Georgia Tech | “Balloon Panel“
The following teams received “Honorable Mentions” from the panel:
Philadelphia University | “Drain Delay“
UCLA | “Skin & Bones“
Georgia Tech | “Faceted Façade Panels“
Georgia Tech College of Architecture
Architecture is a complex equation of needs and desires, of balancing private interests with the public good. In every design project, in every research program, we challenge ourselves—students and faculty, architects and engineers—to account for the value of architecture, measured through design performance, in social, economic, environmental, and cultural terms. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business. Competition teams under direction of Professor Daniel Baerlecken.
Philadelphia University - College of Architecture
The College of Architecture and the Built Environment at PhilaU is dedicated to excellence in design with a focus on educating students for practice in the global market. Each of our programs emphasizes sustainable practice, collaboration and innovation. Sustainability is the key to the future of our environment. We are committed to ensuring that our graduates become-and remain-stewards of the natural and built environments. Competition teams under direction of Professor Matt Gindlesparger.
Temple University - Tyler School of Architecture
Tyler Architecture focuses on design in the contexts of culture, technology, and stewardship of the built and natural environment. Its programs stress critical inquiry and innovation as part of the creative process, teaching students how to intervene in the physical world through carefully considered acts of making. The Department engages the city, exploring and addressing the ethical and social dimensions of architecture and the urban environment. Through this engagement, it seeks to develop an ethos of responsibility in the students, preparing them to become effective leaders in practices and discourses surrounding the complex global and local issues of our time. Competition teams under direction of Professor Brian Szymanik.
UCLA - Architecture and Urban Design
SUPRASTUDIO is a research platform in architecture education based out of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD) that advances experimentation and cross-discipline collaboration among professors, students, and industry partners to expand the boundaries of architectural practice. Students work closely with a leading figure in architecture in a small class setting with 15 students on a dedicated research topic with seminars, critical studies, and related courses developed to complement each studio’s research theme. Partners from adjacent fields in technology, automotive, aerospace, entertainment and non-profit are brought in as collaborators to identify new areas of research and development. Under the umbrella of UCLA, a premier global research institution, SUPRASTUDIO fills a current void in architecture education by providing a dedicated program for advanced applied research that links education to industry. Competition teams under direction of Professor Julia Koerner.