Four graduate architecture students, Alex Moore, Brad Wissmueller, Meghan Janousek and Phuong Nguyen, competed in the PDC Summit for the AIA/AAH Planning + Design Student Challenge this week. We are excited to announce Alex Moore's team was awarded honorable mention and Phuong Nguyen's team won first place.
The students were grouped in teams with other architecture students from Texas Tech, architectural engineering students from CU-Boulder and Construction Management students from Univ Arkansas – Little Rock. The interdisciplinary approach to this event combined with the topic of healthcare made this experience complex and challenging, but students have reported that this experience was also "very rewarding" according to Sheila Elijah-Barnwell, PhD, AIA UNL College of Architecture Instructor and Senior Vice President, HDR.
The challenge began at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 18th, and boards were due for printing at 10 a.m. Sunday. The students had two pin-up sessions in between. Sunday afternoon, they gave formal presentations when the judging occurred and later that evening students participated in a poster session at the conference reception. This marathon-type competition needless to say left them exhausted but exhilarated!
The annual event is designed to stimulate critical inquiry, creative ideas and multi-disciplinary interaction between students and design professionals.
Thank you Alex Moore, Brad Wissmueller, Meghan Janousek and Phuong Nguyen for representing the College of Architecture so well! We are very proud of you!