USC M.Arch Students Win First Place at AIA|LA 2x8

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USC M.Arch Students Win First Place at AIA|LA 2x8

November 17, 2017


USC Architecture graduate students Kristi Hsiao, Samarth Syal, and Thomas Wen won the First Place Honor Award at AIA|LA’s 2x8 competition on Nov. 9, 2017.


The winning project, “Plug ‘N’ Play,” is a proposal for a satellite campus in the historic Broadway Theater District in downtown Los Angeles for the USC Marshall Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.


In their design for this infill project, the team used composite materials to address site challenges, including limited accessibility for construction, inadequate daylighting, narrow floor plates, and strict building envelope regulations. Consulting with engineers from Arup and USC structures faculty, the students developed a design with a ship-like structure utilizing fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP) rather than steel.


“Plug ‘N’ Play” previously tied for second place (with another USC Architecture team) at the 2017 ACMA Composites in Architecture Design Challenge. Their project was developed in a Spring 2017 studio taught by Geoffrey von Oeyen.


The 2x8 program provides scholarships and promotes the work of the next generation of architects. Twelve schools across California submitted two projects each for consideration, and all projects were exhibited at The BLOC in downtown L.A. This year’s theme was “CORE.”

Thomas Wen, Kristi Hsiao & Samarth Syal with instructor Geoffrey von Oeyen