For Immediate Release: Washington, D.C., August 26, 2022 – Habitat for Humanity International, Inc., the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Build With Strength Coalition, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Habitat Design Competition: Climate Positive Concrete Housing. The competition is based on the Habitat for Humanity U.S. Construction standards for affordable, resilient, sustainable and accessible homes. Students were challenged to explore a variety of innovations and tools to improve climate conditions with concrete building materials in the design and construction of an ideal Habitat home. The competition drew over 500 participants and received nearly 200 submissions from 23 colleges and universities across North America.
Architects are in a unique place to envision innovative solutions to the housing crisis as well as to address the impacts of climate change through the design of the built environment. Competition entries were judged on their successful inclusion of low or negative embodied carbon strategies in materials and construction processes as well as creative design concepts that support affordable housing.
The winning projects were selected by a panel of distinguished jurors, including:
Molly Berg, Senior Specialist Building Science, Habitat for Humanity International Chris Drew, Director of Sustainability, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture Paul Holley, Director of the Center for Construction Innovation and Collaboration, Auburn University Tsz Yan Ng, Associate Professor in Architecture, University of Michigan Jasmit Rangr, Founder Rangr Studio and Professor in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
The jurors selected four winners and three honorable mentions with projects in regions across the continent:
West Region Winner: Project Name & Location: INTER[B]LOCK, Avon, Colorado Student: Abby Loftus Faculty Sponsor: Margaret McManus Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Central Region Winner: Project Name & Location: TILT, Austin, Texas Students: Stella Coble & Michelle Powell Faculty Sponsor: Martin Hättasch Institution: University of Texas at Austin
North Region Winner: Project Name & Location: NELSON PLAZA + BOX HOUSE EXTENSION, Vancouver, Canada Student: Bella Scott Faculty Sponsor: Randall Deutsch Institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
South Region Winner: Project Name & Location: 1717 ANDRY ST. PRECAST PROTOTYPE, New Orleans, Louisiana Students: Ryan Bramlett & Nikolas Makela Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Shea Institution: University of Colorado Denver
Project Name & Location: SHELTERED BY CONCRETE, Austin, Texas Student: Veronica Geschwend Faculty Sponsor: Przemyslaw Swiatek Institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Project Name & Location: RING’ HABITAT, Avon, Colorado Student: Sanket Gunjal Faculty Sponsor: Margaret McManus Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Project Name & Location: PULELEHUA – PRECAST CONCRETE HOUSING, Hilo, Hawaii Students: Jason Kennell & Lucas Wylie Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Shea Institution: University of Colorado Denver
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Habitat for Humanity International, Inc. Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity found its earliest inspirations as a grassroots movement on an interracial community farm in south Georgia. Since its founding in 1976, the Christian housing organization has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association(NRMCA) NRMCA is celebrating 90 years of representing the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment, and support to the industry. It conducts education, training, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs. For more information, visit www.nrmca.org.
NRMCA’S Build With Strength Coalition Build with Strength is a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and works with communities, lawmakers, and industry employees to advocate for safer, sustainable building materials. For more information, visit www.buildwithstrength.com.
About ACSA Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is an international association of architecture schools preparing future architects, designers, and change agents. ACSA’s full members include all of the accredited professional degree programs in the United States and Canada, as well as international schools and 2- and 4-year programs. Together, ACSA schools represent 7,000 faculty educating more than 40,000 students. The mission of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is to lead architectural education and research. ACSA seeks to empower faculty and schools to educate increasingly diverse students, expand disciplinary impacts, and create knowledge for the advancement of architecture. For more information, visit www.acsa-arch.org.
Additional Partner Organizations who have sponsored this competition include: The RMC Research and Education Foundation; The National Concrete Masonry Association; Portland Cement Association; Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturers Association; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; American Concrete Pumping Association; and The National Stone and Gravel Association, visit Habitat Competition Partners.
Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA is an international association of architecture schools preparing future architects, designers, and change agents. Our membership includes all of the accredited professional degree programs in the United States and Canada, as well as international schools and 2- and 4-year programs. Together ACSA schools represent some 7,000 faculty educating more than 40,000 students.
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