03.03.06 Competition Announced
“Frequent interaction with the public might elicit an
enlivened interest in the role of architecture…”
–Excerpt from “Engaging the Everyday,” by Hannah Teicher
First Prize, 2005 ArchVoices Essay Competition
Three years ago, ArchVoices launched our inaugural essay competition for young architecture professionals. Over 150 individuals submitted essays to that first competition, demonstrating that young people are incredible resources of enthusiasm, creativity, critical-thinking, and just plain good writing. Last year, our third competition brought more of the same with 179 submissions.
Today, we’re pleased to announce our fourth annual competition, online at www.archvoices.org/competition.
This year’s topic asks entrants to examine our profession from a totally new angle. Entrants are asked to develop a mission statement for a new mode of practice. If traditional practice is half as uninspiring as some young (and not so young) architects make it out to be, then the profession definitely needs a kick in the pants, and we see this year’s essay theme as an opportunity to provide it.
So, next time you and your co-workers get into a heated discussion about the future of architecture at an office happy hour, get out your sketchbooks and pens: the world is waiting to read your manifestoes, dreams, and even your carefully laid plans for architecture or revolution. Stage One’s 500-word essay proposals are due March 31, 2006. The future of our profession can hardly wait.
This unique competition is intended to encourage, promote, and reward critical thinking and writing—two traditionally under-emphasized areas of architectural education and training. All non-registered architects, interns, architecture school graduates, current graduate students, and undergraduate students in their final year are eligible to participate.
For Stage One, students and young professionals worldwide are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal reflecting on the theme described below. The essay competition committee will identify up to 30 semifinalists who will be invited to develop a 2,000-word essay, further expanding on the ideas from their original proposal.
For Stage One, entrants are challenged to write a 500-word proposal for an essay responding to the following theme:
As the opportunities and demands of architectural practice evolve, entrants are asked to propose a mission statement and an action plan for an architectural practice of the 21st century. Will such an endeavor maintain current methods or redefine practice, as we have known it? What will be the key challenges? Will it be a singular entity or comprised of multiple components? Who will this practice serve and how will it sustain itself? How might the skill set acquired through architectural education and training, technology and material developments, and collaboration with related fields play a role in such a 21st century architectural practice, if at all?
Submissions must be received no later than Midnight (EST) / 9:00PM (PST) / 5:00 (GMT) on March 31, 2006. Additional information on eligibility, submission guidelines, frequently asked questions, and writing resources is available on the competition website.
The written exploration of this multi-part question should address all elements of the topic. Participants are encouraged to illustrate their response with concrete examples, either via observation or personal experience or both.
For Stage One, entrants are asked to use the 500-word abstract to draft the mission statement and outline the steps necessary toward creating this new architectural practice. Entrants selected to move on to Stage Two will be asked to expand on the components of the proposed architectural practice in a 2,000-word essay.
The ArchVoices Essay Competition is intended to give you a greater voice in your profession. First prize is thus a jump-start toward licensure–a process that we encourage you to continue to think critically about as you progress through it.
First Prize (one)
$1,356 cash—the base cost of NCARB’s ARE+IDP
Complete ARE Learning System, study materials for all nine ARE divisions at a value of $1,128.95, compliments of Kaplan AEC Education
Second Prize (one)
Apple Video iPod 30gb, compliments of Architosh
2 ARE Learning Systems of winner’s choice, compliments of Kaplan AEC Education
Honorable Mention Prizes (three)
2 ARE Learning Systems of winner’s choice, compliments of Kaplan AEC Education
Readers’ Choice Awards (ten)
The Ethical Architect
Good Deeds, Good Design
Proceed and Be Bold: Rural Studio After Samuel Mockbee
Compliments of Princeton Architectural Press
Semifinalist Prizes (thirty)
2006 Almanac of Architecture & Design, compliments of Design Intelligence
ARE Study Guide of winner’s choice, compliments of Kaplan AEC Education
One issue of Indesign Magazine (Australia)
Comprised of five distinguished leaders of the profession, the fourth annual ArchVoices Essay Competition Jury includes:
Theodore Landsmark, MEvD, JD, PhD, is president-elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and President & CEO of The Boston Architectural Center, New England’s largest independent, accredited college of architecture and interior design. Ted is immediate past chair of the AIA National Diversity Committee, where his tenure has included passage of the 2004 Diversity Data Collection Resolution and the publication of 20 on 20/20 Vision: Perspectives on Diversity and Design. Ted was recently named as the 2006 recipient of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, given to an individual or architecturally oriented organization exemplifying the profession’s responsibility toward current social issues. He is the 35th recipient of the award, which will be presented at the AIA 2006 Annual Convention in Los Angeles in June.
John Peterson is principal of Peterson Architects and founder and chair of Public Architecture, both of which are located in San Francisco. Established in 1993, Peterson Architects is a design-intensive practice with a range of project types. John and his firm have dedicated substantial amounts of time to arts institutions, city agencies, community development corporations, and social service agencies. In 2002, the firm’s unorthodox pro bono work evolved into Public Architecture, a nonprofit organization that acts as a catalyst for public discourse through education, advocacy, and the design of public spaces and amenities. Through its “1% Solution” program, Public Architecture challenges architects to similarly formalize their commitment to the public good by pledging a percentage of their billable hours to public interest work. Presently, John is a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Leon van Schaik is innovation professor of architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia, where he is widely recognized for promoting local and international architectural culture through practice-based research. He is the author of Mastering Architecture: Becoming a Creative Innovator in Practice (Wiley-Academy, 2005). In 2003 he was made a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) in recognition of his service to the profession. His many other accomplishments include studying and teaching at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, participating as a visiting design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and serving as the Commissioner for Australia at the Venice Biennale 2000, the 7th International Exhibition of Architecture.
Louis B. Smith Jr., is a founding principal of Ascent Design PC in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is the current vice-chair of the AIA Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community. He is also a past president of AIA Huron Valley Michigan. His diverse professional background includes experiences in teaching, energy conservation, community development, historic renovation, single- and multi-family housing, and government work. Louis is a regular author in the AIA Small Project Practitioners Journal and has contributed work to other publications including Architectural Record, 3D World, and the late ArchVoices newsletter.
Katie Swenson is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Charlottesville Community Design Center (CCDC), a dynamic non-profit organization which focuses on the value of good design, community values, and public engagement by providing technical assistance and education programs, including the Urban Habitats Design Competition. Since co-founding the CCDC in 2004, Katie has worked with the architectural, business, and academic communities in Charlottesville to pursue CCDC’s mission. Prior to the inception of CCDC, Katie worked with the Piedmont Housing Alliance on community development, affordable housing and architecture with the Frederick P. Rose Fellowship, given to individuals for the promotion of architectural and community design in low income neighborhoods.
The 2006 competition is made possible by the generous support of the following entities:
Kaplan AEC Education
Princeton Architectural Press
The 2006 competition would not be possible without the hard work and efforts of our dedicated committee of 12 young professionals who have labored for many months to develop and coordinate the competition’s theme and details. The committee is co-chaired by ArchVoices board members Matt Ostanik, AIA, and Elizabeth Donoff. Many thanks to:
Jody Beck | University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia
Elizabeth Donoff | Architectural Lighting | New York
Steven Feast | Hodge & Collard Architects | Perth, Australia
R. Todd Gabbard | Kansas State University | Manhattan, KS
Tom Hussey | Harvard School of Design | Cambridge, MA
Amy Isenburg | Sprint | St. Louis, MO
Bethany Lundell | Rafael Vinoly Architects | New York
Matt Ostanik | Walker Architects | Des Moines, IA
Sanjit Roy | Development Design Group | Baltimore, MD
Kathryn Underwood | FORM Architects | Sydney, Australia
Jess Wendover | Urban Ecology | San Francisco, CA
Valeria Wyda | Colloway Johnson Moore & West | Asheville, NC
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