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The 2012 Alabama Masonry Institute Competition

Third Year architecture students completed the annual “Concrete Comp” at the end of Fall Semester 2012. This competition is sponsored by the Alabama Concrete Industries Association, which provides funding for cash awards to the winning students. Winners included:  First Place, Michael Brudi “HandMade in Alabama”; Second Place, Alex Hays, “C2S”; Third Place, Alexandra Buehning, “Structural Glass CMU.”

Concrete Competition boardThis year’s competition program required students to select a portion of their project (developed earlier in the term) that exemplifies an interior and/or exterior wall condition, and to investigate this condition as a load bearing wall, a skin system and/or a unit design assembly method in terms of architectural masonry unit construction. Each student’s project development had to include the investigation of concrete masonry unit construction, assembly processes, structure, interior and exterior finish surface options, construction methods, and custom masonry unit design applications. Each studio worked on different project types.  The Interior Architecture studio, led by Professor Sheri Schumacher, was tasked with the design of a HandMade in Alabama Workshop for the sale and making of heritage and contemporary textiles; Professor Tarik Orgen’s architecture studio developed new construction mixed-use project that included commercial, educational, and housing program elements; and Professor Burleson’s architecture studio focused on the new Auburn University campus academic classroom building currently in development on the site of Haley Center. All studio projects were sited in Auburn and contained an educational program component.

Concrete Competition Board

The competition Jury included  Professor Emeritus Gaines Blackwell; Prof. Robert Brooks, APLA alumnus and member of the architecture faculty at Louisiana Tech; and Alex Krumdieck, APLA adjunct instructor and practitioner from Birmingham.