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ROTH SHEPPARD HOLDS SEMINAR FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS by Joe Black

SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ARCHITECT - AN INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

On May 9, Roth Sheppard Architects held its second educational event for Colorado high school students and their parents, So You Want to Be an Architect?

On Saturday May 9th, 17 high school students and their parents descended on the Roth Sheppard Architecture studio.  They came to learn what it takes to be an architect.  The students rotated between four stations that covered:

-The design process [drawing and design] from the initial hand drawn sketch to a completed project.
-The creation of 3D computer models [computer visualization and imaging] using Google Sketchup and PhotoShop software. 
-The creation of a physical model [model building] including a review of the different types and the tools used. 
-What else an architect does (project management, construction administration and marketing), including an overview of what it takes to oversee and manage the construction of a building with a demonstration of Autodesk’s Revit© software, understanding how projects are won, proposals created, schedules and hours tracked and the best way to land a position with a top design firm.  

The four sessions were followed by a presentation from Mark Gerlenter, Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, Denver.  The students and their parents were then treated to a pizza lunch and had the opportunity to talk with Roth Sheppard staff and Mr. Gerlenter and get their questions answered.

WINNERS OF MICRO HOUSING IDEAS COMPETITION ANNOUNCED by Joe Black

DENVER ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF INTERNATIONAL "MICRO HOUSING IDEAS COMPETITION"

A six-person Denver-based jury selects 1st, 2nd and Honorable Mention awards to catalyze new ideas, and elevate the conversation about urban housing solutions in the west and beyond

DENVER, Colorado—May 17, 2013—The Denver Architectural League, today announced the winners of their Micro Housing Ideas Competition as well as seven formal "recognitions" at a public reception held at Humphries Poli Architects. Inspired by a concern about the lack of innovation in Denver's existing multi-family housing market where many banal apartment, townhome and condo complexes continue to be built, this competition offered designers an opportunity to engage in reinventing the notion of "responsible affordable housing" with an emphasis on regenerative design.

The Micro Housing Ideas Competition was hypothetically based on an actual site located across from the TAXI development [www.taxibyzeppelin.com] in Denver's up and coming River North District. Parameters included the design of an eight-unit micro-housing complex that provides an entry identity for the TAXI Community; public access to the river; an affordable housing design; modularity and prefabrication; "thriveability" as it relates to natural ecologies and human modes of life; and the appropriate use of technology, materials and building systems. As part of the Denver Architectural League's continuing effort to engage the profession, public and students in a dialogue that raises the level of design expectation locally, regionally and internationally, the following award-winning entries, all four submitted from outside the United States, were acknowledged at the reception. A certificate and cash award will be sent to the winners next week.

"In evaluating entries for the Micro Housing Ideas Competition, the jury looked for approaches that reconsidered the potential for multi-family affordable housing to improve not only the lives of the people it might shelter, but also the life of the community around it, the life of the city of Denver, and the life of the biosphere of which humanity is not a separate entity but an integral part," shared Jury Chair George Hoover, FAIA, architect and professor emeritus of architecture, University of Colorado Denver. "In our biosphere, thriveability seeks a more holistic view of the world—these winning entries succeed in setting thoughtful parameters for a rich dialogue about new possibilities for the way we live, starting with a conversation in Denver that we hope will expand nationally and beyond."

Submittals were juried by a distinguished panel of respected authorities in architecture, development, engineering and media, including Chair George Hoover, FAIA; Ray Mark Rinaldi, the Denver Post's Fine Arts Critic; urban pioneer Mickey Zeppelin, founder of Zeppelin Development and the creator of TAXI; Scott Lindenau, FAIA, founder and design principal of Studio B Architects, one of Aspen's top modernist design firms; Charles Keyes, P.E., principal of Martin/Martin Structural Engineers; and William Logan, the founder and publisher of Modern in Denver magazine. An exhibition of all 70 submittals [including 25 from outside the United States], opened on May 10th at the Temenos Gallery inside Roth Sheppard Architects' design studio [1900 Wazee Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80202] and will continue to welcome media, the design profession, and the public from 9am to 5pm every weekday through Friday, June 21st. For submittal requirements, judging criteria and other information about selection of winners, please see the jury's attached Final Report [or feel free to request a copy].

MICRO HOUSING IDEAS COMPETITION - PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED by Joe Black

The winner of the Micro Housing Ideas Competition's People's Choice Award was announced at Friday's exhibition reception at Roth Sheppard's Temenos Gallery. Votes were cast from 5:00-8:00 PM, and tallied soon after. The voting was extremely close and only one vote separated first, second, and third place; however, Entry #58 was chosen as the People's Choice Award winner.

CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN CARRUTH (DALLAS, TX)!

$500 WILL BE AWARDED TO JOHN FOR THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD PRIZE!

See Entry #58, "Granola", below.

 

FIRST RUNNER-UP: 
#39 - RYAN DAWSON (HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO)

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SECOND RUNNER-UP: 
#64 - BEATA CHUDOBINSKA (LITTLETON, CO)

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THIRD RUNNERS-UP (TIE): 

 #45 - QIAN DONG (BOULDER, CO)

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#5 - ALFONSO GONZALEZ (AURORA, CO) 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU - GOOD WORK!