Florence Ho and Brian Essig, graduate students in the Architecture Program, were honored for design excellence by the AIA Maryland Society in the inaugural 2007 AIA Maryland Student Design Competition. Both students submitted projects from the Fall 2006 Comprehensive Design Studio, in which they designed buildings for the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in Dickerson, MD.
Ho received first place for her project, which reinterpreted vernacular form using a modern vocabulary and demonstrated a sophisticated level of integrated design using both traditional representation and evolving digital technologies. Essig received second place for his entry, praised by the jurors as "carefully considered from broad scope to detailed attention." Peter Noonan, Professor of the Practice and Professor Ralph Bennett were their respective design critics.
AIA Maryland held its first annual Student Design Awards competition in conjunction with its regular design competition. Out of 13 student submissions, the jury chose these two projects for recognition. The student winners each received a $1,000 cash prize for their design accomplishments. The jury commented, "[It was a] very nice range of student work—from beginning design to advanced design, including team exercise—that was impressive for the jury members to see."
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