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NJIT Architecture Students Win Nearly $20,000 in Masonry Design Competition

Nine teams of architecture students from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) competed earlier in the month in a masonry building competition, with four teams winning nearly $20,000 in prize money.

The contest, sponsored by the Masonry Contractors of New Jersey taught techniques students don’t usually encounter in design studios, such as spreading mortar and laying brick.

More than 120 students, all sophomores at the New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA) at NJIT, built parts of an imaginary Montessori School in downtown Jersey City. The construction was to feature brick, block, mortar and concrete. More than 65 masons spent two days teaching NJIT students building techniques. After the student teams finished their building projects, judges listened to team presentations, evaluated projects and announced winners.

With the judging too close to call, two first-place awards were given out. Each team will receive and share a $7,500 prize. Team Black members were Meena Abdelkodoos, North Arlington; Gregory Bassiely, Freehold; Christopher Brand, Pompton Lakes; William Esarey, High Bridge; Meagan Hopper, Sussex; Aimee Mariano, New Milford; Slauco Mizimakoski, Little Ferry; Cynthia Montalvan, Rahway; David Morace, Staten Island, NY;  Brian Novello, Rockaway; Aniruddh Patel, Palisades Park; Samuel Rodriquez, Newark; and Jay Tsai, of Hillsborough.

Team Red members were Dena Baskous, Anchorage, AK; Andrew Coslow, Bayville; Justin Costa, Hazlet; Lucia DaCosta, Newark; Theodore Demiduke, Pitman; Thomas Dores, Union; Jay Doshi, Dover; Tina Holmes, South Amboy;  Billy Kalavrouziotis, Cherry Hill; James McGowan, Livingston; Andres Naranjo, Bogota, Christopher Roy, Middlesex; Jennifer Schmitt, Ridgefield Park; and Joseph Vivino, Wayne.

“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 donated $5,000 to an NJIT scholarship fund. The Masonry Contractors of New Jersey is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality union masonry craftsmanship, the latest technological advances and the highest safety standards. Other contest sponsors included the International Masonry Institute, and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, New Jersey Local Nos. 2, 4 and 5.

Other winners included the third-place team, Team Purple, whose members will share a $3,000 prize. The members were Wilson Aldahondo, Adam Amelchenko, Kristi Drake, Ivan Garcia, Asmor Green, Danny Kim, Jacqueline Lam, Jason Mattison, Heli Pinillos Gonzalez, Anthony Princiotta, Ryan Sutherland, and William Zimmerman.

Members of the fourth-place Team Orange will share a $1,500 prize. The members were Sarah Almukhtar, Christina Bellero, Alezander Carlson, Evangeline Chen, Michael Lawson, Jennifer Mascotti, Andres Nieto, Agnieszka Pregowska, Peter Soderman, Chrisotpher Whitley, Geoffrey Williams, and Shawntel Young.

Excellence Awards for the construction of the built projects were also given to Team Orange, who placed third and Team Yellow. Yellow team members were Anthony Allocca, Cory Attardo, Miguel Claros, Erin Collins, Omar Cordero, Lorin Diaz, Kyle Ferreira, Scott Goodman, Patrick Lesbriel, Zachary Mongiovi, Joshua Murphy, Sean Olsen, Caitlin Palamara, and Fabian Saa.

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.