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Concrete Competition: Concrete and Masonry Integration in Design

Concrete Competition Studio 2014

The third year architecture and interior architecture studio pedagogy focuses on how cultural and social ecology informs the theory and practice of architecture. Emphasis is placed on the study of the interrelationship between people, social groups and human settlement, the concern for the effect of human activity on the environment and the impact of the built form on the environment and society. The third year studios also participate in an annual competition sponsored by the Alabama Concrete Industries Association focused on the integration of concrete and masonry in the studio projects.

The 42 students in three third year architecture and interior architecture studios directed by Professors Tarik Orgen, Sheri Schumacher and Paul Zorr, focused their architectural investigations in Columbus, GA and Phenix City, AL on three sites adjacent to the Chattahoochee River. The architecture studios proposed new buildings and the interior architecture studio focused on the adaptive reuse/addition to the existing City Mills structure.

The program included an Outdoor Recreation Center, Bakery and Hostel as a part of the Chattahoochee Riverfront development to encourage whitewater kayak and rafting recreation; to complement the existing riverfront bike trails and to contribute to the vibrant cultural and educational centers in downtown Columbus, GA.  The Center provides kayak and rafting rental, sales and education while the hostel provides affordable lodging space for travelers; the adjacent coffee shop and bakery serves the guests of the hostel, white water enthusiasts as well as the surrounding neighborhood.   

The competition was juried by an extraordinary team of three practicing architects; Freddie Lynn, Director of Architecture, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Montgomery, AL; Scott Holmes, Principal, Hecht Burdeshaw Architects, Columbus, GA; and Lee Martin, Principal | Partner 2WR, Columbus, GA.  The careful study, selection and deliberation process of the student’s design proposals was exceptional. The jurors spent the afternoon encouraging and challenging the students with words of wisdom that will resonate for years to come.

Award recipients: 

Gilbert Humphreys(Orgen studio)

Logan Thornton(Schumacher studio)

Lauren Barker(Zorr studio)

Honorable Mentions were awarded to:

Lia Bernhardt/Shirley Fung(Orgen studio)

Tim Fuerst/Katherine Uhrin(Schumacher studio)

Will Gaskill/Tim Wang(Zorr studio)

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