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Third Year Completes Concrete Comp

closeup of Morgan Tate's model for Concrete Comp

Last fall, students in ARCH 3010 and ARIA 3020, a team-taught studio led by Scott Finn and Danielle Willkens, participated in a Concrete Competition for the design of a monastery in Lanett, Alabama/West Point, Georgia. The project brief asked students to envision a new life for an abandoned brick warehouse block, c.1880s-1970s, along the Lanett-West Point main street corridor running parallel to the Chattahoochee River.  The program included a residential component for the monks as well as a refectory, library, and chapel. Students were also challenged to incorporate a community outreach function, such as a soup kitchen or literacy center, into this adaptive reuse project that would be integral to the service mission of the monastic residents. Students were asked to present their work in a final, 3’ x 6’ board.

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On Friday December 5, 2014, a jury convened to assess the students’ work. From the thirty-eight submissions, the jury shortlisted ten projects, and the associated students presented their work. The following projects were recognized with awards:

First place ($1000): Morgan Tate

The jurors commended the proposal for the economy of land use: the existing building’s facade was retrained as a shell to enclose a Trappist monastery, complete with a central field for hops and a brewpub.

Second place ($500 each): Trey VanNostrand

The jurors were impressed by the scheme’s use of an excavated landscape and the clarity of the presented imagery, especially the use of evocative perspectives.

Third place (tie, $250 each): Olivia Backer and Lauren Smith

The jurors found both projects compelling in terms of the legibility of the plans, and the hierarchies incorporated within the arrangement of the program.

Honorable Mention: Jordan Wood

The jurors commended the unique integration of a foundry that acknowledged the industrial past and blue collar roots of the town.

The success of this year’s competition was facilitated by the jurors’ generous donation of time and expertise:

Nick Vansyoc, Seay Seay & Litchfield

Raleigh Price, Seay Seay & Litchfield

Lida Sease, McAlpine Tankersley Architecture

Dan Bennett, Dean Emeritus

David Hinson, APLA School Head

Behzad Nahkjavan, Architecture Program Chair