1st Place Alex Gormley University of Cincinnati
2nd Place Owen Weinstein University of Cincinnati
3rd Place David Kim University of Arizona
Citation Wan Lu McGill University
Merit Guillaume Tiravy McGill University
Merit Julia Chang McGill University
Merit Gaël Perichon University of Cincinnati
Merit Zhongyuan Dai McGill University

Here and Now: A Call to Action

Emily Pilloton, Matthew Miller, and
Thomas Gardner - Co-authors

While some of the design profession drifts towards media, commodity and fashion, another portion is trying to understand what we can contribute to substantive questions, and not merely through self-sacrificing “service” or clinical problem solving, condescension or pseudo-populism. As architects, what are we supposed to do and how do we do it honestly? How can we be part of a critique of our modern way of life that is post-ideological and constructive? Architecture is not a way to distance ourselves from the arbitrary forces that shape the contemporary landscape, but a way to re-imagine and harness them.

Students were asked to identify a sociolo-political problem in their communities, research the topic through engagement with the community and other means, develop an architectural program addressing the problem, map the story to the site, and compose a travel itinerary that expands on and explores these ideas.

Participating Schools:

Boston Architectural College

The Cooper Union

McGill University

Miami University (Ohio)

North Carolina State University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Southern California Institute of Architecture

University of Arkansas

University of Arizona

University of Cincinnati

University of Miami

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

University of Oregon

Woodbury University