Three of the six young architects honored in the 2016 John Stewardson Competition in Architecture are alumni of the CMU SoA. Noelle White (B.Arch 2013) received second place in the competition, and Harris Mazur (B.Arch 2015) and Peter Salim (B.Arch 2015) placed as finalists. This year's Stewardson Competition brief asked entrants to consider the plight of young Syrian refugees, whose educational opportunities are severely limited in refugee camps. Over a period of just ten days, each entrant was asked to design "a school for refugee girls, to create a safe, creative, and educational learning environment; a space which provides peace, protection, education, connection, good health, and an improved quality of life for young women displaced by the crisis in Syria."
White's Refugee School for Young Women "Cut/Fill" design includes rammed-earth walls, a flexible courtyard to facilitates students' play and safety, and rainwater irrigation for agricultural features incorporated throughout the buildings. See Noelle White's competition submission.
Peter Salim's "Luminaire" is designed as both a learning center and a community activator. See Peter Salim's competition submission.
Harris Mazur's school proposal seeks to facilitate access to health education and services and a tactile environment for learning. See Harris Mazur's competition submission.
Beginning in 1897, the John Stewardson Memorial Competition in Architecture has provided a $10,000 travel scholarship to the winner of its annual design competition, open to young professionals in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and juried by a group of eminent architects and designers.
Congratulations to Noelle, Peter, and Harris!