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Three High School Students Win Design Contest Sponsored by NJIT

The School of Architecture (SOA) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently announced that three high school students won the annual National Architectural Design Competition for high school students.

This year's project was to design a skateboard park, replete with an arena, bleachers and a service area that included showers, lockers, a food station and an administration area.


The first place winner was Princeton High School junior Ian Lord, of Princeton, who received a five year full tuition scholarship to SOA, should he choose to attend NJIT. The scholarship is valued at $44, 500 for in-state residents, and $70,000 for out-of-state residents.


“Ian Lord’s design entry, the first prize winner, had graphics that were very strong,” said Urs Gauchat, dean of SOA. “All three winners this year were solid designers,” Gauchat added.


The second place design award went to Caitlin Grant, of Garnerville, N.Y., a senior at North Rockland High School, who received a five year, half-tuition scholarship to SOA.


Gordon Moss, of North Cape May, a senior at Lower Cape May Regional High School, received the third place award of $250.


SOA is one of the largest degree accredited architecture schools in the country, granting both bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture, the only architecture school in New Jersey offering the bachelor's degree in architecture, and a national leader in the integration into the studio curriculum of computer-aided design (CAD).


Eligibility for the design competition requires admission to SOA before scholarship prizes can be awarded. U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently attending high school may enter. Students must also have a teacher from their high school sponsor their project. An affidavit stating that the work is unassisted is also required.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.