UMD Architecture Students, Alumni Recognized at 2019 AIA Maryland Design Awards

Oct 11, 2019 / Updated Oct 16, 2019

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Six student projects were recognized for design excellence this year by AIA Maryland during the AIA Maryland 2019 Excellence in Design Awards, taking prizes in four out of the six categories and sweeping the “beginning design, graduate level” category. Nine Master of Architecture students and two undergraduate architecture students were recognized for architectural achievement in this year’s showing: M.ARCH students Michael Delash, Trevor Wood, Paris Sim, Jared Schmitz, Sara Ghafar Samar, Zebi Brown, Adam Knoebel, Dan Lorenzana, Collin Haslup, and undergraduate students Joseph Edwards and Ruying Lu. In addition, several UMD alumni were recognized for both residential and commercial design achievement. Winners were celebrated September 26, 2019 at a ceremony in Baltimore.

“We are thrilled to have such an outstanding representation at AIA Maryland’s Excellence in Design Awards,” said Brian Kelly, Director of University of Maryland’s Architecture Program. “The projects this year showcase some of the creative talent and thoughtful design coming out of our graduate and undergraduate programs.”

The eleven UMD student winners were among 13 student projects recognized this year out 43 submissions. M.ARCH students Paris Sim and Jared Schmitz took top honors in the Graduate Beginning Design category for their design, “Drawbridge Tributary,” while M.ARCH students Dan Lorenzana and Collin Haslup won the People’s Choice Award and Jury Citation in the same category for their project, “Apex- Timber in the City.” Undergraduate student Joseph Edwards nabbed the People’s Choice Award in Undergraduate Beginning Design for a stunning garden design rendering.

UMD alumni also had an outstanding showing this year. Luis Bernardo, FAIA (B.S. Architecture ’85, M.ARCH ‘87) of Design Collective; Mark McInturff, FAIA (B.ARCH ’72); Brian Grieb, AIA (B.S. Architecture ’99, M.ARCH ’01) of GriD Architects; Kyra Tallon (M.ARCH ’05); and William E. Kirwan III, AIA (B.S. Architecture ’85, M.ARCH ’87) of Muse Architects, took away design awards in the professional categories.

The AIA Maryland Design Awards recognize the outstanding architectural achievements of architects, building owners, general contractors and architectural students. This year’s jury comprised seven architecture professionals from AIA Ohio. 

-By Maggie Haslam