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AIAS and Kawneer Honor National Design Competition Winner at AIA Convention

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23 May, 2007
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Brian Schmidt Awarded First Place for Innovative Design
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and Kawneer Company, Inc., recognized the winner of the 2006 Campus-Based Recreation Center Design Competition at the AIA 2007 National Convention and Design Exposition in San Antonio, May 3-5. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Brian Schmidt was honored as the first place winner of the competition, which challenged students to design a campus-based recreation center that would also serve as a hurricane evacuation shelter. In addition to a $2,500 cash prize, Schmidt was given the opportunity to attend his first AIA convention and have his winning project displayed at the show.
“It was an incredible experience,” said Schmidt, who took first place in the competition with his innovative, Florida-based design. “Just winning the competition was a huge thrill, but having the chance to go to AIA to be recognized and have my project on display has been really amazing.”
The competition, which is sponsored by Kawneer and administered by AIAS, returns for its second year in 2007.  Developed for advanced students, the competition will challenge participants to design a pediatric outpatient rehabilitation center and family support facility utilizing architectural aluminum building products and systems. The registration deadline is Monday, November 5, 2007; details are available at
“Inspiring and encouraging the architects of tomorrow is an initiative that Kawneer is passionate about,” said Karen Zipfel, Director of Marketing, Kawneer North America. “These students show remarkable talent, and Brian is a great representative for this next generation of design professionals.”
Schmidt says that his participation in the national design competition proved to be valuable in a number of ways. “Confronting a specific design challenge was a really helpful exercise and provided great practice for ‘the real world’,” he said. “My design required a fair amount of research, and as a result, I learned a great deal about the products and hurricane-specific design principles, as well.”
This year’s winning projects can be viewed on the AIAS Web site at
For further information, please contact:
Kawneer Company, Inc.
Technology Park/Atlanta
555 Guthridge Ct.
Norcross, GA 30092-3503
Tel: + 1 770 449 5555
Fax: + 1 770 734 1560

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