Ball State participated in inaugural national concrete competition

Topic: College of Architecture and Planning

August 2, 2007

Ball State this summer participated in the first National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) Student Design Competition and recently sent two students to the NCMA's annual conference in Boston to present their winning entries.

The competition, sponsored by the Department of Architecture, had Ball State students spend five weeks designing historically compatible, low-rise, affordable housing prototypes for the Lincoln Park Neighborhood in Columbus, Ind.

Jared Burt of Eaton took first place in the architecture category and shared the top honor in landscape architecture with Andrew Glass of Richmond.

"The challenge that the students faced in designing these prototypes in a short, five-week studio was formidable," said Tony Costello, Irving Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Architecture and studio instructor. "The professional jury that evaluated the submissions was impressed with the quality of the designs and the exploration of both the aesthetics and technical aspects of concrete masonry in residential construction."

Ball State was one of only four schools in the nation funded by the NCMA to stage one of the regional design competitions in advance of the organization's annual meeting July 25-29 in Boston.

Costello noted the competition, especially the real-world aspect of working with the Columbus Housing Partnership (CHP), qualifies the project to be included in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 150 — Blueprint for America initiative, which celebrates the institute's sesquicentennial (1857-2007).

"Being acknowledged by the AIA will give the students national recognition, which they certainly deserve for their efforts," Costello said. "We will continue to seek out valuable partnerships with organizations like the NCMA and the CHP to create beneficial immersive learning opportunities that will challenge our students and connect them with key community and corporate partners in their field."

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