The AIA Orange County annual Student Design Competition was created to assist local community college students advance to accredited Schools of Architecture. Sponsored by AIAOC members and firms, students are required to respond to specific program criteria in their design response. Submittals are juried and rated with the top awards presented at the annual AIA Orange County Design Awards Gala. Those awarded receive public recognition, an award for their portfolio, and a cash prize.
Program strategies include:
The Student Design Competition (SDC) allows participants to make a statement on the importance of sustainable design on a real site. Participants are asked to identify, research, document, design, and develop logistical and implementation strategies for an overall sustainable response for a unique setting within Orange County. These responses shall be founded within the context of a socially responsible, sustainable, and ecologically sensitive framework.
With this premise in mind, participants shall identify community design needs to determine the best fit for this site. Is it housing, hospitality, commercial, educational, or a combination of many factors? How is sustainability and environmental sensitivity integrated into the design and why? What makes the final presentation a statement rooted in the spirit of community? These are only a few questions participants are asked to consider as they develop a new way of living.
As quoted by host and motivation speaker Dr. Robert H Schuler, “It is our desire to afford each participant an opportunity to explore the realm of possibilities.”
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