YAF Atlanta wants to encourage creative thinking and strives to create an atmosphere for design by providing many competitions throughout the year. We have several annual competitions and for 2010 we are going to attempt to create many small, web-based competitions. So check back here for more info as we get going!
UPDATE: We have a winner!
YAF and Camp Twin Lakes are proud to present the winning
entry to the iMPACT Design/Build Challenge! Congratulations to Thao Nguyen!
Thao Nguyen received his Master of Architecture at the
University of South Florida, all the while pursuing other academic and
professional studies including graphic design, film, and electronic media.
Before his current position as Architectural Technician at Gensler in Atlanta,
Thao’s professional background included Director of Marketing at Fraze Design
and Graphic Design at Velocity Media. These various experiences help to foster
the appropriate background that would creatively drive Thao’s Architectural
career into new creative heights.
DESIGN CONCEPT: To integrate the surrounding context, a
minimal gesture integrated with coarse materiality bends outward and inward to
figuratively bring the quality of the exterior context into the small space.
Interior lights drawing ones perception upward before expanding outward within
the butterfly roof allows the space to become an indicator of usage or
non-usage. The butterfly roof, in conjunction with openings below allows
negative pressure to bring ventilation through the space, allowing any heat or
vapor to escape the space. The narrow space is made to feel much wider by the
large openings above, which brings natural lighting from the sides. Materials
will include recyclable steel sidings and recyclable wood left from previous
construction that may occur on site.
Volunteers are needed to build the structure and iMPACT your
community. Please sign up on the
YAF volunteer building page if you are interested.
The Young Architects Forum (YAF) of Atlanta is launching an iMPACT campaign to challenge designers to solve a simple problem, build the solution and make a lasting impact in their community. YAF and Camp Twin Lakes are pleased to announce a design /build challenge for two structures to house Eco Smart composting toilet systems at Camp Twin Lakes (CTL). This will kick off with an ideas competition, design refinement with CTL and conclude in the building of the design at Camp Twin Lakes at Will A Way at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, GA.Competition Brief
The goal of the competition is to seek creative ideas for the structures which incorporate the reuse of available materials. The winner and iMPACT organizers will collaborate with the client to achieve the best design /build solution.Process
Part I, March 1–20: Ideas competition for the design (Deadline now extended to March 20th!)
Part 2, March 24–April 15: Collaboration /refinement with CTL
Part 3, April 16 & 30: Volunteers build at Camp Will‐A‐WaySponsors
Thanks to our great sponsor Hogan Construction Group
, the extra materials budget has increased to $1,000!!!DOWNLOAD THE COMPETITION PACKET FOR MORE INFORMATION!!!
Get ready for the 2010 48 Hours Competition!
It starts with one can.
To feed the hungry. To lift the spirit. To change the world. Canstruction®, a charity committed to ending hunger, is using ‘one can’ as a catalyst for change. The Atlanta Community Food Bank currently distributes nearly two million pounds of food and other donated grocery items each month. Canstruction’s 12th Annual Atlanta Design/Build Competition puts a visual spotlight on hunger while showcasing the Atlanta design community’s best and brightest. Think you have what it takes to design and build a structure made of nothing more than canned food, ingenuity, and luck? Enter today. Get creative, help stop hunger. One can.
Canstruction® combines the
competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to
help feed hungry people. Competing teams, lead by architects and
engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made
entirely out of canned foods. At the close of the exhibitions all of the
food used in the structures is donated to the Atlanta
Community Food Bank.
To volunteer with Canstruction® 2010, go here for more information.Who:
Teams of Atlanta Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Designers and Students attending Schools of Architecture, Engineering and Design.What:
Design & build structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10'x10'x8'h space.
When: May 31 Early Bird Deadline for Entry
July 31 Regular Deadline for Entry
Aug. 26 Kickoff Meeting – ACFB, 6pm
Oct. 28 Space Assignments – Colony Square, 6pm
Nov. 3 Food Delivered to Colony Square
Nov. 4 Build Night
Nov. 5 Judging & Awards Gala
Nov. 5-14 Open to Public
Nov. 15 DecanstructionWhere:
Colony Square, 1201 Peachtree Street, NEWhy:
To benefit the Atlanta Community Food BankHow: Download & complete entry form
. Entry fee $150. Make check payable to “AIA Atlanta / Canstruction®”Mail to:
Missy Bower AIA Atlanta / Canstruction® 113 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303Canstruction Sponsorship InformationFor further information about how to become involved contact:
3340 Peachtree Road, NE
Nicholas B. Telesca, Executive Directornick@canstruction.org
USGBC 2010 Competition:Registration and Design due May 31USGBC's
2010 Natural Design
Competition, in partnership with Salvation Army’s EnviRenew Initiative,
is focused on the rebuilding effort in New Orleans. Competitors will be
divided into students and young professionals groups and will design a
LEED for Homes project that is priced affordably and is functional for
elderly occupants. Up to four designs will be selected from the local
competition finalists to be showcased at Greenbuild 2010 and, for the
first time, the designers will see their projects built in New Orleans’
Broadmoor neighborhood. Once the homes are built, they will enter a
measurement and verification phase in which they will be graded on
energy efficiency, water reuse, and indoor air quality among other
categories. The design team whose home performs best during measurement
and verification will be awarded the final grand prize.
Prizes will include travel and airfare to USGBC Greenbuild in Chicago
for Professional Team as well as Student Team first prize winners.
information can be found here:
OASIS PROJECT WEBSITE
NAME: The Oasis Project
PROJECT LEAD: Architecture for Humanity Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
START DATE: August 12, 2009
BUILDING TYPE: Transportation
- Train/Bus Stations
ADDITIONAL CONSULTANT: Jen Fabrick,
PROJECT COORDINATOR: Rick Glassman
Critical Project Dates:
March 30th: Design Competition Opens
May 8th: Design / Informational Charette 1
May 20th: AFHA Social / Design Exchange / Informational Charette
June 10th: Design / Informational Charette 2
June 30th: Design Submissions Due
July 11th: Design Selection
July – August: Construction Drawing Documentation and Permitting
September – October: Shelter Construction
November: Shelter Installation
Oasis 2010 Artist Call to be
issued soon! The legwork for the project accomplished in Oasis 2009 is
beginning to reap benefits for this year's effort. Architecture for
Humanity Atlanta has already received support from the communities
involved in the project. And funding relationships are beginning to take
shape. The program for last year's project remains intact for this year
as well. Timeline as follows:
Artist Call Issue: End of March
Design Submissions Deadline: End of June
Permitting: By end of August
Construction: Beginning September
Installation: End of November
The Oasis Project is AFHA's proposed solution to a recognized
shortage of proper public transportation amenities. Due to lack of
appropriate support MARTA has limited resources to provide proper
shelter from the elements, let alone a place to sit and rest, at their
bus stops. A disproportionate number of these occurrences take place in
communities that rely heavily on public transportation. AFHA is working
with MARTA in an effort to gather local artists, designers, builders and
volunteers to provide these amenities where they are needed most.
First, AFHA will obtain design criteria from MARTA in order to
ensure compliance with local transportation and building regulations.
Next, AFHA will implement their own design criteria. And then the design
process will begin - a collaboration between local artists, designers,
contractors, engineers, students, and chapter volunteers. Finally, with
input from MARTA and the local community, a series of bench and shelter
designs will be chosen for implementation.
AFHA proposes to design and build shelters that comply with local
regulations; properly accommodate ridership levels without promoting
loitering; are durable enough to withstand the elements and regular use;
serve as a basis of design for future shelters; are an aesthetic
complement to the communities they serve; and most importantly, can be
implemented in any community by those who have no design or construction
AFHA will conduct this project on a yearly basis. Ultimately, our
goal is not only to provide public transportation benches and shelters.
But also to assist communities with enabling themselves in an effort to
make their neighborhoods more livable, according to their own specific
Submission Deadline: May 10, 2010 before 5pm Eastern Time
The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and the AIA
Committee on Design (COD) invite architects, students, and
allied design professionals to submit sketches to the international 2010
YAF/COD Ideas Competition: Temporary/Permanent Relief Housing. In this
year’s unique sketch competition, submitters are asked to explore the
issue of temporary relief housing that could have a permanent function,
through a concept design problem.
Entries will be submitted electronically through an online submission
site. Submissions will consist of drawings and renderings presented in
PDF format. All materials must be uploaded through the submission site
before by 5pm ET on May 10, 2010. **The link for beginning a
submission will be found here as of April 1, 2010 when the site goes
live for submissions.
the 2010 Ideas Competition Call for Entries (PDF)
Design temporary relief housing for refugees from natural or other
disasters using sustainable strategies and following the Living Building
Challenge. The proposed solutions should provide housing for
approximately 500 displaced families as well as the necessary support
While successful site adaptability is a key goal and criterion for
this Competition, the specific site to demonstrate the solution consists
of approximately 200 acres. It includes the Astrodome and the
surrounding parking lots. Entrants may include modifications to the
structure of the Astrodome in their proposal, may allow the Astrodome to
remain untouched and focus solely on the surface parking areas, or may
have some combination of the two. Individual entries may focus their
solutions on the provision of either temporary or permanent housing.
Entrants are encouraged to address issues of uncertainty associated with
either types of housing and with temporary solutions that become
Winners will be announced and will have their work exhibited at the 2010
AIA National Convention in Miami June 10–12. Selected entries will
be displayed on the AIA Web site.
Thursday, April 1 – Competition begins; online submission site
Monday, May 10 – Submission site closes
Wednesday, June 9 - Entries exhibited at the 2010 AIA National
Thursday, June 10 - Winners announced at the NAC/YAF/COD Reception
at the AIA National Convention in Miami, FL.
AIA Member $100
Non-AIA member $150
Student $ 40
Barton Phelps FAIA
Barton Phelps & Associates
Los Angeles, CA
Lawrence Scarpa FAIA
Pugh + Scarpa Architects Inc.
Santa Monica, CA
Mehrdad Yazdani Assoc. AIA
Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Los Angeles, CA
If you have questions concerning this awards program, please contact