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NJIT Architecture Students To Build With Bricks and Mortar

Building with bricks isn’t the image that comes to mind for an architect.  But that is exactly what more than 120 second-year architecture students at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will do April 14-15, 2007, as they roll up their sleeves and dip into the cement for the very popular annual masonry competition run by the Masonry Contractors of New Jersey at NJIT’s New Jersey School of Architecture. 

The competition, to take place on the front walk of the architecture school at Summit Street, from about 7 a.m.- 4 p.m., both days, acquaints future architects with a practical, hands-on understanding of an important building trade.

ATTENTION EDITORS: To attend the competition April 14-15, 2007, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3433 for parking and directions.  

“The masonry design-build competition establishes understanding and mutual respect between design and building professionals,” said Urs P. Gauchat, dean of NJSOA. “Architecture students are introduced to the parameters of masonry materials – lessons the students will remember during their life-long careers.”    In addition to awarding the students nearly $20,000 in prize money, the masons also will donate $5,000 to an NJIT scholarship fund.

Students will model their brick designs upon plans they have already made in an earlier studio class. Architects and others will assess the quality of both the design and the craftsmanship, during the afternoon of Monday, April 16, 2007.  At 5 p.m., the four winning teams will be named and students on those teams will have a chance to explain what they did and why.

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.