2020 Student Design Competition Program Announced

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2020 Project: A Platform for Peace

On August 4, 2019, a man opened fire at the crowded entrance to Ned Peppers, a popular bar in Dayton’s Oregon District. Nine people were shot, and twenty-seven others were injured. Within 32 seconds of the first shot, the police had responded and killed the perpetrator. The nine dead include five males and four females. At an impromptu vigil the next day, Governor Mike DeWine was met with a crowd chanting” Do something!”

This year’s program is to explore what it means to “do something”, and how thoughtful and careful design of the built environment can affect public behavior. Students will be encouraged to consider what it means to be Dayton Strong by designing a platform for peace within an urban infill lot in the historic Oregon District. Participants will hear about and see the design process of various local artists and explore how these artists translate their own reaction to certain events through various media.

All college-bound students, grades 9 - 12, and their instructors, within zip codes 453, 454, 455, and 458 interested in art, architecture, or design may participate.  Scholarships are awarded to the top three design projects as decided by a jury.  

Registration deadline is January 12, 2020, and the registration fee is $25 per student.  There is no charge for instructors.  Other important dates:

January 18 - Design Charrette

February 1 and 15 - Design Reviews

March 7 - Project Submission

March 21 - Awards Program

The project description, rules, schedule and registration form is posted here.

The Oregon District site map is posted here.

The program poster is posted here.

For questions, contact AIA Dayton.

2019 Program Concludes with Nine Winners

The American Institute of Architects, Dayton Chapter (AIA Dayton) announced the winners of its 37th annual Art in Architecture Student Design Competition on March 16, 2019 at an Awards Reception at the Dayton Metro Library, Northwest Branch.  Students from nine Miami Valley counties were invited to compete for $4,700 in scholarships and prizes.  

This year’s project was to design a Tiny House on a site located in northwest Dayton, Ohio. The program was open to college-bound high school students, grades 9 through 12, interested in art, architecture, or design in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby Counties.   Fifty-two students from nine area high schools participated in the program.  Students were assisted with this project by their high school advisers as well as a team of architects and associate architects from AIA Dayton.

Gabriella Schalm, a senior at Oakwood High School, was awarded the Top Design Award and a $1,500 scholarship from L2M Architecture in Moraine.  

Lauren Bowling, a senior at the Dayton Regional STEM School, was awarded the Sinclair Community College Pathways Scholarship for one semester of classes at Sinclair.

Maggie Yegerlehner, a senior at Stivers School for the Arts, won the Merit Award and a $1,000 Heapy Engineering college scholarship.  

Two Honorable Mention Book Awards of $200 each, funded by Synergy Building and Bowser-Morner Inc. were earned by Max Baldwin, a junior at Chaminade Julienne High School and Cooper Mullins, also a junior at Chaminade Julienne High School.  

An award for Future Architect went to Centerville High School Senior, Sean Myers; while Katherine Clemmer, a Centerville High School senior, received the Master Craftsman Award for the best presentation, both awards sponsored by Hatch Architects.   Receiving the Most Creative Use of Materials, was Kayla Clark, Dayton Regional STEM School senior.  

A new award, the People's Choice Award, went to Mira Wilson, Bellbrook High School.

This competition was judged on creative design and artistic presentation by a panel of jurors including: Veronica Pochet, AIA, Levin Porter Architects; Ed McCall, AIA, McCall Sharp Architects; Timothy Bement, AIA, App Architecture; and Waldo Mason, John Poe Architects.

2019 Project Announced

The Student Design Competition is a hypothetical architecture prompt offered to high school students.  It begins each year in mid-January and goes through March.  Meetings for the competition mimic college studio classes and are held at design oriented or architecturally significant local venues. Designs are judged by local design professionals and several scholarships are available to winners.

The 2019 Project

As a vibrant and growing city, there are many types and styles of houses within the city of Dayton. One housing trend that has not been thoroughly explored is the “tiny house”. These are very small homes for one or two people that are easy to maintain, energy efficient and designed to maximize local resources. This year’s project is to design a tiny house on a site located in northwest Dayton, Ohio. Participants should explore materials and functionality while focusing on the details of their tiny house. Since the site is rather large, and the footprint of the home is small, we are also requiring participants to design a community of up to 30 tiny homes. The community of homes are to be organized at the participant’s discretion using the site as their guide.  Each submission will include a scale model- these models will also be on display, forming a unique “neighborhood” of tiny houses.

Maker Day at Proto Build Bar

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Come anytime between 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM to work with AIA Dayton and Proto Build Bar on 3D printed or handmade models. Students will receive a 10% discount on their 3D printed model.

We suggest using www.tinkercad.com for 3D modeling/printing.

Participating students and advisors may download program information here

Additional resources for students available here

Charrette Schedule Available here

2018 AIA Dayton Student Design Competition

Successfully Concludes

The Student Design Competition Awards Program took place Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Dayton Metro Library in the Opportunity Space with a full house. Thirty-four students from 8 schools competed in this year’s program, which was to design a Hostel on the Dayton Flight Line. There were 8 winners from 4 schools.

The project winners were:

Gabriella Schalm, Oakwood High School, L2M Honor Award

Lauren Bowling, Dayton Regional STEM School, Sinclair Community College Pathways Scholarship

Kayla Clark, Dayton Regional STEM School, Heapy Merit Scholarship

Elizabeth Vaughn, Oakwood High School, Honorable Mention

Payton Kick, Centerville High School, Honorable Mention

Benjamin Kurtz, Dayton Regional STEM School, Future Architect

Rachel Karnehm, Upper Valley Career Center, Most Creative Use of Materials

Benjamin Aidt, Oakwood High School, Master Craftsman

Thank you to the following sponsors:

L2M Architects - $1,500 - Top Design Award

Sinclair Community College - Pathways to Success Scholarship for 15 semester credit hours

Heapy Engineering - $1,000 - Merit Award Sponsor

City of Dayton Planning Dept. - $500 - Program Sponsor

Hamilton-Parker - $500 - Award Sponsor

Bowser-Morner Inc. - $300 - Friend Sponsorship

Miller-Valentine Construction - $200 - Book Awards Sponsor

L2 Engineering - $100 - Modeling Materials

Synergy Building Systems - $100 - Design Review Meetings

Messer Construction - $100 - Door Prize Sponsor

2018 Student Design Charrette Underway

Thirty students and volunteers gathered at the Dayton Metro Library Saturday for an all-day design charrette for the 2018 Student Design Competition. The project is to design a youth hostel, a project which has captured the imagination of the students and advisors at Centerville, Vandalia Butler, Marion Local, Charminade Julienne, Oakwood, Upper Valley Career Center, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, and the Dayton Regional STEM School. Volunteers from the City of Dayton assisted by providing a history of the proposed hostel site, hostels in other countries were researched, sketching exercises were performed, and a modeling activity featuring four seasons of the Flight Line were undertaken.

The Student Design Competition is a hypothetical architecture prompt offered to high school students. It begins each year in mid-January and goes through March. Meetings for the competition mimic college studio classes and are held at design oriented or architecturally significant local venues. Designs are judged by local design professionals and several scholarships are available to winners.

The 2018 Project

Dayton is a growing city with many possibilities and opportunities for unique places. As a companion project to a proposed elevated park and bikeway in downtown, the proposed project is a hostel serving approximately 50 people. A variety of sleeping quarters and associated support spaces will be required in the final design.

The Schedule

January 19, 2018 Registration deadline.

January 20, 2018 Charrette and project introduction

February 3, 2018 Design Review I: 9am – 12pm

Location:    Heapy Engineering, 1400 W. Dorothy Lane, Kettering

February 17, 2018 Design Review II: 12pm – 3pm

Location:    Levin Porter Associates, Inc., 3011 Newmark Dr., Miamisburg

March 3, 2018 Submission & Board Display: 11am – 12pm

Location:  Main Dayton Library, Opportunity Space

March 17, 2018 Awards Program  3pm - 5pm

Location:    Main Dayton Library, Opportunity Space

[Download PDF of "What Judges Look For"]

[Download PDF of the 2017 Awards Ceremony Presentation (60MB)]

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