"Every year we ask students to design a project based on a new theme,'' says Urs Gauchat, SOA Dean. "This year's project is to design a community arts center for a hometown or neighborhood. This would be a building that facilitates arts related activities and events such as arts and/or crafts exhibitions, music, dance, film and theatrical performances. The arts center would also have facilities available to members of the community for study, individual or group arts projects, meetings, parties or receptions."
As a non-profit facility, the arts center would probably compete with a variety of existing cultural, entertainment and recreational establishments. This means that the design must be exciting and innovative to attract a broad cross section of the community, he adds.
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. In 2002, the top winners were Cezar Nicolescu, of Ramsey, and Ryan Lemmo, of Princeton.
The first prizewinner receives a five-year full tuition scholarship with a value of $40,000 for in-state students and $65,000 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 www.njit.edu, 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.
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