New Jersey Institute of Technology Launches Nationwide Talent Search For Creative High School Students

NEWARK, Dec. 3--Calling all creative high school students who dream of becoming an architect. The School of Architecture (SOA) at New Jersey Institute of Technology announces the 12th annual, 2002 National Architectural Design Competition for High School Students. Registration will be open through February 1, 2002; the project submission deadline is April 4, 2002.

“Every year we ask students to design a project based on a new theme, says Urs Gauchat, SOA Dean and the creator of the competition. “This year’s project is to design an e-station for your hometown. This would be a new building type that combines the function of a sheltered bus station and stop with facilities and equipment that would provide mass transit users with ready access to the Internet.

“Since this project is not an established building type, the designer is challenged to conceive a whole new spatial concept and public image for the e-station.”

SOA is one of the largest degree accredited architecture schools in the U.S. 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 of computer-aided design into the studio curriculum.

Past competition winners include New Jersey residents as well as students throughout the U.S. In 2001, Christian Howell, of New Albany, Indiana, won first prize. In 2000, Jason King of Edmond, OK, took top honors.

The first prizewinner receives a five-year full tuition scholarship worth $40,000 for in-state students and $60,000 for out-of-state students. Second prize is one five-year half tuition scholarship with a $20,000 value for in-state students and $30,000 value for out-of-state students. Four, third prize $250 cash awards are also distributed.

An awards jury comprised of distinguished faculty members and architects will select six prizewinners. Winners and their sponsors will be invited to the awards ceremony at NJIT on May 6, 2002.

Eligibility for the 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.

To register, contact your local high school guidance department for an entry form that must be submitted by February 1. Or, print the registration form at, at the architecture icon. Send completed forms to Tim Wood, Architect, Competition Coordinator New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102-1982 FAX 973-596-8296.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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