September 9, 2022

Winners Announced for 2022 Timber Competition


2022 Timber in the City, Competition: Winners Announced

Students and Faculty Awarded for Innovative Designs Using Wood

For Immediate Release:
Washington, D.C., September 9, 2022 – The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Timber Competition. The jury selected eight exceptional projects that interpret, invent, and deploy numerous building systems; all focused on innovations in wood design using a real site, the Arts Center MARTA Station in Atlanta, Georgia.

“We are grateful for the SLB partnership and excited to announce our fourth Timber in the City student competition winners. This year’s designs imagine a transformation of our cities through sustainable buildings, renewable timber resources, and innovative techniques to build and design healthy environments,” says Michael Monti, ACSA Executive Director.

The winning projects were chosen by a panel of distinguished jurors:

Arash Adel, University of Michigan
Katie MacDonald, University of Virginia
Lindsey Wikstrom, Mattaforma
Michael Gamble, Georgia Institute of Technology
Omar Al-Hassawi, Washington State University

The jurors chose First, Second, and Third place winners, along with five Honorable Mentions. Listed below are the names of the recipients, their project titles, and their faculty sponsor(s):


First Place: Pine Hill
Students: Peter Koczarski & ZhongMing Peter Zhang
Faculty Sponsor: Caroline Grieco
Institution: New Jersey Institute of Technology

Second Place: Spatial/Material Speculations: Timber
Student: Ahmed Helal
Faculty Sponsor: Viren Brahmbhatt
Institution: City College of New York

Third Place: Hydro Habitat
Students: Evan Craig & Tiffany Velin
Faculty Sponsor: Suzan Wines
Institution: City College of New York


Foster Atlanta
Student: Sophia Rodriguez
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Hill
Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Collaborator: Matt Barnett, LS3P

Timber Arts
Students: Madeline Esdale, William Evans & Jeremy Tringale
Faculty Sponsors: Tyler Hinckley & Jacob Werner
Institution: Boston Architectural College

Breathing Timber City
Student: Miguel Lantigua Inoa
Faculty Sponsor: Elizabeth Whittaker
Institution: Harvard University

Diffusion: Revealing the Forest Within
Students: Maggie Kroening & Connor Schwartz
Faculty Sponsor: Shawn Protz
Institution: North Carolina State University

Oasis in the City
Students: Mingyao Chen, Mosammet Chowdhury & Otabek Ochilov
Faculty Sponsor: Suzan Wines
Institution: City College of New York

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About SLB
The Softwood Lumber Board is an industry-funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential, and non-residential construction and to increase demand for softwood lumber and appearance products. Through strategic investments in pro-wood communications, standards development, design and engineering assistance, research, demonstrations and partnerships, the organization seeks to make softwood lumber the preferred material choice from both an economic and an environmental standpoint. For more information, visit

About Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Architecture
Architecture was established as a discipline of study at Georgia Tech in 1908 at the request of a civil engineering student who recruited fellow students for an entering class of twenty. Over the intervening century, the Department of Architecture has been complemented by the addition of disciplines (in order of establishment) of Industrial Design (1940), City & Regional Planning (1952), Building Construction (1958), and Music (1991). The multi-disciplinary College of Architecture (now called the College of Design) was established in 1975, and a significant milestone that soon followed was the establishment in 1982 of the Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture degree and the multi-disciplinary Doctoral Program, a reflection of the increasing complexity of the designed and built environment as well as the growing emphasis upon leading-edge research at Georgia Tech. For more information, visit

Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design
The Georgia Institute of Technology announced on Earth Day 2021 that The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design earned Living Building Challenge certification, the world’s most ambitious and holistic green building achievement. The certification from the International Living Future Institute independently verifies that The Kendeda Building is among the greenest in the world. Rather than being less bad than conventional buildings, The Kendeda Building proved over a 12-month performance period that it is regenerative. It gives back more than it takes from the environment and focuses on the health and happiness of occupants.

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

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Heather Albarazi
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
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