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.