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AIA Los Angeles
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AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee hosts 21st annual 1:2 Student Competition and awards $23,000 in Scholarships

Los Angeles, CA (March 26, 2013) – The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) Interior Architecture Committee held their 21st annual 1:2 Student Competition on Saturday March 23, 2013 at the offices of HOK and distributed $23,000 in scholarships to deserving students.

The 1:2 Student Competition is a one-day design charette that provides an opportunity for undergraduate design students -- selected as teams of two by their instructors -- from 12 local Southern California design schools to have their design ideas critiqued by leading industry professionals and compete for scholarship prizes.

Participating institutions in 2013 included: Art Center College of Design, Art Institute Santa Monica, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Long Beach, Design Institute San Diego, East Los Angeles College, Interior Designers Institute, Mt. San Antonio College, Orange Coast College, Otis College of Art and Design, Santa Monica College and Woodbury University.

The program concept and scope for the competition were carefully developed by members of the 1:2 Committee. For 2013, the students were asked to design the LINEAR GATEWAY. That is, they were tasked with imagining a new space for the 600-foot long tunnel that passes underneath the rail lines at the historic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The assignment was to transform the existing plain tunnel into a new space that is functional, informative, and forward looking for the city.

After receiving the program brief, prominent design professionals served as volunteer mentors to each student team throughout the day. Each team had seven hours to produce a presentation board as well as a model to help convey their concept. Six of the teams were selected to verbally present their projects to the jury, as well as an audience of guests.

The esteemed 2013 jury included: Ilan Dei of Ilan Dei Studio; Alice Hricak of Perkins+Will; and Clay Pendergrast, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP of HOK.

Winners of 2013 AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee Student Scholarships were:

FIRST PLACE: $10,000      
> Art Center College of Design - Connie Bakshi & John Clark

> Cal Poly Pomona - Aaron Angeles & Alice Liang 

> Otis College of Art & Design - Derek Yi & Christopher Kono

HONORABLE MENTION: 3 awards of $1,000

> Mt. San Antonio College
> Orange Coast College
> Santa Monica College

The AIA|LA appreciates the team at HOK for their incredible hospitality and offers sincerest thanks to the Interior Architecture Committee Co-Chairs, Committee Members, and Mentors who make this very special event possible. 

The Committee also recognizes their 2013 Sponsors, whose support enables the Committee to provide these scholarships each year: 

> Platinum Sponsors: Sierra Pacific Constructors
> Gold Sponsor: Haworth
> Silver Sponsors: Associates Purchasing, Howard Building Corporation

About AIA|LA
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the voice of the architecture profession, dedicated to serving and empowering its members through advocacy, educational and outreach programs as well as educating the public on the value and importance of architecture. AIA Los Angeles is a not-for-profit professional membership association.

About AIA|LA Interior Architecture Committee
The committee’s mission is to increase awareness of significant interior architecture within the greater Los Angeles area among the architecture and design community, as well as the supporting manufacturer, vendor and construction community.

Last updated: 26-Mar-2013 02:14 PM
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