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53rd Alagasco Competition

Kyle Keirsey Final Drawing

Fourth year architecture celebrated the end of Fall 2014 with the 53rd annual Alagasco competition. This year's challenge was to design a new 150,000 square-foot assisted living facility in Birmingham.

View the gallery of winning entries.

Led by professors Christian Dagg, Matt Hall, Il Kim, and Kevin Moore, the project began with a plan for Parkside, the rapidly changing district between Railroad Park and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Each district plan focused on a potential future scenario with an imbalance of resources related to Water, Food, Energy or Demographics. This new teaching approach was directed by professors Kevin Moore and Carla Keyvanian and supported by the Daniel F. Breeden Endowed Grant Program. Read more about these City Scenarios.

Adjacent to entertainment and medical facilities, the project argues for a downtown revitalized by multi-generational housing. More than housing, however, assisted living includes significant public spaces for visitors, staff, and an aging population with limited mobility. The challenge was to create a surprising and perpetually stimulating place to live.

A panel of designers and educators—including Jacob Gines, Hans Herrmann and Emily McGlohn of Mississippi State University—juried the final presentations. A shortlist of finalists presented their projects to the class, and the panel discussed their final selections. The jurors were impressed with the complexity of the project and the range and thoroughness of the design solutions.

Kyle Keirsey and Shirley Fung shared First Place with contrasting solutions to unifying and differentiating housing that is its own community. Third Place was awarded to Madeline Gonzalez for her refinement of a clear urban design proposal. Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Henry Boyle, Michael Callaway, Valyn Daconto, Heather Redrow and Katherine Uhrin. Awards were made possible by generous support from Alagasco.