BGSU architecture class builds skills PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 08 November 2012 11:44
Scot MacPherson (right), a professor of architecture and environmental design at BGSU, judges architecture projects by students as BGSU student Dennis Sartor (left) chats with attendee Alex Naragon, 11, of Bellefontaine. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green State University students got a chance to put their classroom skills to the test in the real world during the 6th annual Architecture Student Design Competition on Wednesday.
Students in Andreas Luescher's architectural materials and systems class have been constructing concrete masonry units for the last several weeks near Lot 19 on BGSU's campus.
Eight teams of students created designs for these cement structures. Only four of the designs were picked by a judging panel to actually be built. On Wednesday, the four designs were judged again. The judges were BGSU alumni now working in the architecture field.
Each team was given a variety of mason blocks, donated by a Lima company, in different colors and textures. From there, they had to build the structures and make their ideas transform from paper to the outdoors.
"This is unique because not only do the students get to draw and design their idea, but they get to come out here and lift the concrete blocks," Luescher said.
"It's all part of the learning process and understanding how things work," he said.
Kylie Barnes, a senior architecture student, and her team took second place in the competition for their "Journey through Transformation" design.
Their design included an observation deck, steps and multiple pathways. It was built from wood pallets, masonry blocks and grass.
"Our big focus was transformation and the journey from high school to college and the obstructions you hit and the paths you choose to go down," Barnes said.
Jasmine Al Momar, an architecture student at BGSU, walks through a structural project titled "Journey Through Transformation" built by her and team members before it is judged during a design competition.
Students constructed their designs for four weeks prior to Wednesday's judging.
The students were judged on aesthetics, innovate use, functionality, construction and design.
The competition, sponsored by the National Masonry Association Foundation, awarded $1,000 to the first place team; $500 to the second place team; and $250 to the third place team. This year, due to a tie for second, the second and third place prize monies were added together and split between the two teams.
1st place - Viktor Maier, Haku Bbela, Jean Marie Greene and Doug Furia.
2nd place - Yichen Hsieh, Chris Miggo and MeDonte Dandridge
2nd place - Jasmine Al Momar, Kylie Barnes, Jay Schwartz and Austin Bolyard.
Josh Naragon, executive director of the Ohio Masonry Association was on hand for the final stage of the competition. He underscored the importance of hands-on experience for students.
"A lot of architecture students, when they graduate, have never worked with these materials," Naragon said. "All they know are drawings and designs."
"This is just another step for them to understand how these products can be used," he said.

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