August 30, 2010
AIA Maryland has selected Zachary Klipstein, B.S. Arch. '10, for its 2010 Undergraduate Student Award. Graduate students Nick Aello and Daniel Ankri received special citations for design excellence.
A distinguished jury of AIA Connecticut members met in July to review submissions for this year's Student Design Awards. The jury commented that they were impressed with the quality of the submissions, and that a number of the accompanying graphics clearly demonstrated a command of the language of architecture.
Klipstein (B.S. Arch. '10) is the winner of the Undergraduate Student Award for his project Cinematic Space | Cinematic Place. The project was developed in the Fall 2009 semester in the Senior Architectural Design Studio (ARCH 402) with studio critic Michael Ambrose, Assistant Professor of Architecture. Ambrose states: "Zach was interested in challenging our conventional attitudes toward movie theaters and the experience of film in contemporary culture. He was relentless in his pursuit of design inquiry and development in the studio. He explored multiple design media types and truly explored the potentials of architecture to affect the experience of his theater design…"
Zach returns to the University of Maryland to pursue graduate study as a Master of Architecture student this fall. He will work with the Solar Decathlon Studio in the Comprehensive Design Studio sequence.
Nick Aello, who graduated with a B.S. Arch. in 2008 from Maryland, enrolled in the M. Arch. program in Fall 2009. He received a Special Citation for his work on the City Dance project in the Graduate Comprehensive Design Studio. Assistant Professor of Architecture Isaac Williams was his studio critic.
Daniel Ankri, M. Arch. 2010, received a Special Citation for his thesis project, "Urban Kibbutz: Integrating Vertical Farming and Collective Living in Jerusalem, Israel." His thesis chair was Peter Noonan, Professor of the Practice.
The winners will be honored at the AIA Maryland Design Awards ceremony on Thursday, September 2 at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD. Visit AIA Maryland for awards program information.
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