Second Year in a Row, SARA National Recognizes Student Excellence

Second Year in a Row, SARA National Recognizes Student Excellence

By Kerry McCulloug...

October 22, 2018

SARA Winners

Two student projects from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture have been honored with awards from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), National Design Awards 2018 program.

SARA recognized architecture students Danny Ortega and Rachel McCown with the Award of Honor for “Searching for the Ineffable” a project designed in Mark Bacon’s spring 2018, ARCH411 studio and Award of Excellence winner for the SGH Inc. / Dri-Design competition.

Hanna Schafers and Felix Chen were also given the Award of Honor for their project “REMEMBRANCE,” which also originated from Bacon’s studio as an SGH Inc. / Dri-Design competition entry. Of the 53 student entries SARA received, 11 student projects were selected by the jury for award. UNL received two of the 11 student team awards. This is the second year UNL students have gained significant recognition by this national organization.

“It is rewarding to watch my students produce amazing studio projects that are recognized at the national level with other esteemed projects,” said Mark Bacon, architecture lecturer and design director / senior associate with BVH Architecture. “The level of rigor to resolve these projects shows the commitment my students have to developing as comprehensive designers. The award also recognizes the capacity that University of Nebraska-Lincoln architecture students possess to create compelling work. I'm proud to have been able to teach these talented individuals.” The awards were presented Saturday, October 20th at ME Miami Hotel in Miami, Florida.

Founded on November 9, 1956, by Wilfred J. Gregson, the Society of American Registered Architects celebrates design excellence in architecture and design through their annual National Design Awards program which attracts entries from across the country and around the world from individuals, firms and students of architecture and allied disciplines.