USC students win ACMA award

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USC students win ACMA award

May 01, 2017

Two USC graduate architecture student teams led by Prof. Geoffrey von Oeyen have tied for second place in the 2017 ACMA Composites in Architecture Design Challenge national competition.


The two teams traveled to the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Orlando, April 27-29, 2017, to present and exhibit their work.


“I was very proud to see our two student teams clearly present their winning projects,” said Professor von Oeyen. “The audience responses to the USC student projects were overwhelmingly supportive of this research that moved from the investigation of an urban site in Downtown Los Angeles to the detailed layup schedules and large performance mock-up constructions of the proposed FRP architectural systems.”


Team “Plug ‘n Play,” Kristi Hsiao, Thomas Wen, and Samarth Syal, designed a satellite campus for the USC Marshall School of Business. Their design utilizes composites to overcome accessibility limitations for construction, poor daylighting, a narrow floorplate, and strict building regulations.


“The Incubator,” designed by Margot Kleinman, Pornpavee Mungrueangsakul, and Walker Hart, also proposed an extension for the Marshall School. The Incubator uses a modular design and composite panels to facilitate daylighting and an open environment for students.


Professor von Oeyen added, “The ACMA Composites Challenge competition was a rare and wonderful moment in which students could integrate the scope of a comprehensive graduate design studio with the depth of a serious material systems inquiry, and I am very pleased that two of our teams won national awards for their outstanding work.” ■