Iowa State University architecture graduate students have been in Top Ten at a national American Institute of Architects’ student competition. Above 400 students from 38 schools took part in the program.

The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) presented Top Ten Awards on the first day of the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta held on May 14-16 where three projects of Iowa State University students were awarded as Top Ten recipients.

The selected projects will be displayed finally at the 104th ACSA Annual Meeting in Seattle in March 2016.

The ISU’s awarded projects are Old North Bikes: Human Powered Revitalization in Old North St. Louis” presented by Stephen Danielson, St. Joseph, Minnesota, and Benjamin Kruse, Philadelphia; “[Re] Sustaining Old North St. Louis” submitted by Brandon Fettes, George, and Kyle Vansice, Des Moines; and “HRR: Harvest, Recycle, Reuse” by Heidi Reburn, New Albin, and Sean Wittmeyer, Fort Collins, Colorado.

The projects of the students of Iowa State University were prepared in the fall 2014 Sustainable Building Design graduate studio under the supervision of associate professor Ulrike Passe and lecturer Kris Nelson. The purpose of the projects was to develop a sustainable and net zero energy building design, which spend nearly the amount of energy as same it generates.

“They were required to calculate annual energy consumption and design a building efficient enough that incorporating on-site renewable like active and passive solar would produce the necessary amount of energy over the course of one year,” Passe said.


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