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.