AIAS and Kawneer Announce 2012 Student Design Competition

13 June, 2012
Annual Competition Challenges Students of Architecture and Design to Create a High-Tech Public Library Center While Learning About Building Materials and Sustainable Design
WASHINGTON, D.C. and NORCROSS, GA –The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer Company, Inc. announce the Enlightening Libraries: Student Design Competition. Sponsored by Kawneer and administered by the AIAS, this competition will challenge students to rework a dated public library and design a library that is an effectively urbanized, collaborative community space appealing to all generations and integrating the most recent technologies. Total prize money is $7,750, including $3,000 for the first place winning design team.

The competition, now in its seventh year, challenges students to learn about building materials and techniques, specifically architectural aluminum building products and systems, while demonstrating an understanding of sustainable design. Participants are required to integrate a variety of Kawneer products, from entrances and framing systems to windows and curtain wall systems as they relate to efficient community spaces, to develop a new-age library that embraces an atmosphere of enlightenment and learning.

A jury of four architectural professionals will evaluate submissions based on ingenuity and originality as well as design clarity and the ability to create an aesthetic that compliments the community and environment. Appropriate use of materials, including light shelves and sunshades that enhance natural light, will be key factors in the evaluation and selection of winning designs.

Developed to engage architecture and design students from schools across North America and internationally, contest submissions can be the work of an individual or a group of up to 4 students. Students interested in participating in the competition must register no later than October 14, 2012. Submissions must be made digitally via the competition website on or before November 29, 2012. Winning entries will be published in the Spring 2012 issue of Crit, Journal of the AIAS and will be on display at the 2013 AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Denver, Colorado, June 2013.

Students interested in participating can visit to learn more about the competition and how to register. For more information on AIAS, please visit To learn more about Kawneer, please visit

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