Architect Students at New Jersey Institute of Technology Win Prestigious Design Awards For 7th Consecutive Year

NEWARK, May 14For an unprecedented seventh consecutive year, students from the School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have won awards in the annual CADDIES Competition for Excellence in Design Visualization. Sponsored in part by Cadalyst magazine, the annual international competition celebrates excellence in digital imaging and presents awards in student and professional categories for both still images and animation.

"To win in an international arena is a tremendous accomplishment for the individual students," says Glenn Goldman, Ph.D., professor of architecture, who helps students prepare their entrees. "To win year after year when the competition keeps improving is simply extraordinary. We, of course, always believed we're good; it's nice to see it recognized by others."

For the first time in seven years, there were ties and an honorable mention in the undergraduate student still-image division, which increased the number of those awards to eight. With the four winners, NJIT architecture students increased their award total to 18 out of a possible 27 for which they have been eligible since they started to compete in 1996. During that span, NJIT architecture students have picked up seven first place awards (two for animation, five for still images), five second place awards, and five third place awards, and one honorable mention.

In two of the last three competitions (2000 and 2002), NJIT students have walked away with four undergraduate awards - winning a total of 10 (out of a possible 15) in the last three years.

Christiano Pereira of Belleville, captured first place in the animation division for his utopian proposal created in an upper level design studio taught by Goldman. The 1968 novel, "The Ice People" by Rene Barjavel, inspired the entry that Pereira created in the NJIT Imaging Laboratory. The software used included Autodesk's 3D Studio and AutoCAD, Corel Draw, and Adobe Premiere. The work takes the viewer on a tour through underground and underwater cities in which buildings are planted like flowers amidst flowing streams and gardens. The tour concludes above the ground with a visit to the weather controller's tower and residence.

Dror Kodman of Israel and Michael Coffey of New Jersey tied for second prize in the undergraduate student still-image division. Kodman's project, entitled "An Experiment in Form and Light," was created in the advanced digital imaging class taught by Amado Batour (an alumnus from the School of Architecture who, himself, was one of the first CADDIE winners from NJIT in 1996). Coffey won for his entry, "Crossing the Arno," created in the upper level design studio class taught by M. Stephen Zdepski, associate professor of architecture. Both projects were developed using Autodesk's 3D Studio and Adobe Photoshop.

Manuel Millan, of Carteret, received an honorable mention with his "Gallery for Romanesque Art" developed with Autodesk's 3D Studio and Lightscape in another upper level studio taught by Zdepski that focused on the design for a Museum of Art and Architecture in downtown Prague.

The winning entries were announced at were published in the May 2002 issue of CADALYST. Additional sponsors from the hardware and software industry include @Last Software, Cyco Software, DataCAD, Eagle Point, Hewlett-Packard, PRO-CAD Software, Piranesi, ITAC, StereoGraphics Corporation, Graphtec, Referentia Systems, Thomas Register, Samsung Electronics, and Microsoft.


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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