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“