Published: Aug. 10, 2020

ENVD students win IAAC Design for Living Competition AwardsThis summer, Assistant Clinical Professor Marianne Holbert and her architecture capstone summer course (ARCH 4100) focused on the international design competition Design For Living. The global contest to rethink our habitat from the body to the city was the 8th Advanced Architecture contest hosted by the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). 

Among 193 proposals from 80 countries, ENVD student Allison Aber was selected as a finalist for her project PRO Pods, (Plan, React, Occupy). PRO Pods is a system of pods that can be used as medical clinics or emergency shelters. PRO utilizes the existing structures of monuments to react. Its versatile form is implemented to reallocate the monuments’ function to assist vulnerable populations in the wake of urbanization and increasing frequency of pandemics. PRO Pods, optimizes the city fabric making non-essential structures essential to the human habitat.

ENVD student Hanaan Llewellyn was selected by the IAAC Academic Committee for a scholarship to attend the Master in Advanced Architecture program at the Institute of Advanced Architecture at Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. Her Design for Living competition submission was ReVeil: Addressing Rights of Minority Cultures and Religious Communities in American Highrise apartments.

Student projects by Allison Aber, Cole Brockoff, Hanaan Llewellyn, Jozef Gach, Katie Kumro, Kylie Bromley, Michael Corvino, Nicholas Esquibel and Taylor Evans were selected to be included in a publication by ACTAR. The selected projects will also go on show in a major exhibition due to open in December 2020.