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 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: 

Special thanks to David Riebe of Windsor Fiberglass for coordinating this first Composites in Architecture Design Challenge.


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