A3 Supports Washington University Students With National Award Winning Design Competition Submission


Annually, the National Organization of Minority Architects hosts an international conference and exhibition in a different U.S. city, drawing a diverse pool of interest from professionals and students alike from across the country.

This year, A3 member Charles Brown – who also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Washington University – helped lead a team of students to a 2nd Place national finish in the NOMA Student Design Competition.  The design problem challenged 16 teams from major universities across the United States to create a mixed-use development comprised of urban agriculture, retail, and arts in the historically black Washington Park (Bankhead) neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia.  Brown led his students to Atlanta to gather field data, as well as human data, interviewing people of varying ages and backgrounds from Washington Park.  Upon their return, the students spent 3 months developing a theme, shematic design concept and supportive graphic renderings and physical models to represent their idea.

Their award-winning concept was entitled:  “Urban Porches: A (re)Generation of Past, Present, & Future”.  The 2nd Place showing garnered the students a $1,000 cash prize.

This is only the second time Washington University has participated in the NOMA Student Design Competition.  In 2009 a student team finished 3rd.

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