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Marvin Windows by Dale Inc Supports Portfolio Design Competition

screenshot of student portfolio

The Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is pleased to announce a new sponsored student competition. Marvin Windows by Dale Inc, a premier manufacturer of made-to-order wood and clad wood windows, will make an annual donation of $2,500 in support of awards for the architecture program’s portfolio design competition. The sponsorship comes as a philanthropic gift from the company to the school through the Auburn University Foundation.

View the Gallery of selected pages from the competition winners

Currently an APLA annual event, the competition will now be known as the Marvin Windows by Dale Inc Portfolio Competition. In addition to the competition sponsorship, Marvin Windows by Dale Inc will  provide technical support for classroom instruction regarding windows and other building enclosure systems.

“The Dale Inc Companies and Marvin Windows & Doors have long recognized the significant contributions to the design and construction environment as a result of Auburn University’s architecture program. We are pleased to be a professional partner with the faculty and students of this great institution,” says Laura Holland Smith of Marvin Windows by Dale Inc, who is also an alumna of Auburn’s architecture program.

APLA’s portfolio competition involves fourth year architecture students gathering their academic and professional work for professional review. Portfolios of this nature are an essential tool of the job search process in the field of architecture. A jury of practicing architects drawn from the Architecture Program Advisory Council reviewed the student portfolios on line to determine the winning entries.

As David Hinson, Head of Auburn’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, explains, “Preparation of a well-designed professional portfolio is critical to an architecture graduate’s job search. Through the hard work of our Architecture Advisory Council—combined with this terrific new sponsorship from Marvin Windows by Dale Inc.—we are able to help our students present their talents and abilities to prospective employers in the best light.

Dale Inc, a specialty contractor, is a third generation family-owned business since 1947 with offices located in Nashville, Huntsville, Birmingham, and Auburn. Marvin Windows and Doors is one of the many quality products that Dale Inc offers in the residential and commercial building industry. Marvin’s tradition of delivering the finest craftsmanship in windows and doors began in Warroad, Minnesota, a small town just six miles from the Canadian border, where the privately-held, family-owned and operated company is still headquartered today.