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See Architecture Students Build Walls To Line Weston Hall Walkway

More than two dozen architecture students will learn this weekend how to build brick walls, not only with their imaginations but also with their hands, at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  The second annual build and design competition is sponsored by the International Masonry Institute of New Jersey (IMI/NJ).  The organization has donated the materials in addition to pouring more than a half dozen concrete foundations. 

Student teams, all of them students enrolled in NJIT’s New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA), will spend two days erecting sections of walls (many featuring right angles and windows) which team members designed with professors earlier in the semester.

Teaching young architects the practical aspects of working with masonry materials is the premise behind the competition.  Materials will range from bricks to mortar.   Their work will line the long, concrete promenade leading to Weston Hall, site of NJIT’s architecture school.

The event, which continues through the weekend, officially ends Monday,

April 19, 2004,  at 6 p.m. when  a panel of judges will announce the winning teams in the second floor main gallery of Weston Hall.  Monetary prizes will be awarded.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.