NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s School of Architecture+Art launched a competition for high school students to design an outdoor classroom with thousands of scholarship dollars as prizes.

The competition, which is open to all high school students, launched Wednesday, Nov. 4; the submissions deadline is Sunday, Dec. 13. Students may register and compete as individuals or in teams with up to four members. All entries will receive feedback from Norwich University School of Architecture + Art faculty, who will also advise and guide registered competitors. Click here for all details on the design parameters and submission guidelines.

A completed submission will earn an individual or each individual in a team a Norwich scholarship of $500 per year for four years, totaling $2,000. The first-place winner will earn a Norwich scholarship of $2,000 per year for four years, totaling $8,000. Learn about this and other Norwich scholarships here

A completed submission will earn an individual or each individual in a team a Norwich scholarship of $500 per year for four years, totaling $2,000. The first-place winner will earn a Norwich scholarship of $2,000 per year for four years, totaling $8,000.

The School of Architecture + Art teaches that architecture is about solving problems for people through the composition of light, space and material. It is about embracing the way space can be sculpted to improve how we live.

“Many standards of normalcy have changed considerably over the last year, especially regarding how we gather for teaching and learning,” Associate Director Tolya Stonorov said. “While outdoor learning spaces are not a wholly new idea, they have become all the more important in our current situation. With this design competition we are seeking your thoughtful solutions to making effective, thoughtful, and functional outdoor spaces for learning.”

Norwich University is home to the Design+Build Collaborative. As northern New England’s only university to offer integrated professionally accredited programs in Architecture, Business, Engineering, Construction and Nursing, Norwich’s Design+Build Collaborative calls on students to “act as well as conceive” and create solutions for local, regional, and global challenges. 

For more than 20 years, Norwich University students have been addressing Vermont community needs through the construction of full-scale projects. Building on the seven affordable housing prototypes Norwich has developed since 2011, the Collaborative not only continues to design and prototype regionally informed, resilient housing, but also organizes and coordinates related research and programs between the schools comprising the College of Professional Schools and partners with community organizations. Norwich University announced in February 2019 a $200,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, to fund the development of a collaborative in the College of Professional Schools dedicated to producing affordable homes. 

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