NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is accepting submissions from high school students for an architecture and design competition that offers scholarships to the university as prizes.

Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 7.

This is the second year Norwich is offering the competition; this year’s challenge is to design a “pocket place,” as the need for outdoor spaces for gathering has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Ever increasingly, we are finding the need to rethink how we gather. Our need for social interaction is strong and finding safe ways to be together is necessary,” said Tolya Stonorov, associate director of the School of Architecture + Art. “In this competition, we honor the great ideas of high school students, many of whose worlds have been turned upside down from COVID.”

Keeping the pandemic in mind, the competition guidelines ask students to create a design for a pocket place; an outdoor seating and gathering area. The prompt challenges students to think about the advantages of outdoor gathering spots and how the space can be utilized. Competition details and project guidelines are here.

Students are invited to participate as individuals or in a team of up to four members. Architecture + Art professors are available to guide and assist during the competition and before submission.

The first-place prize is a scholarship equating to $8,000, $4,000 for second place, and a $2,000 scholarship for any complete entry. These scholarships are available to count towards tuition or any other Norwich expenses.

Following the submission deadline, a live webinar will take place near Thanksgiving to announce the winners. See the entry form. 

About Norwich University’s Design + Build Collaborative
As the only university in northern New England 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 over 20 years, our students have been addressing Vermont community needs through the construction of full-scale projects. Building on the seven different 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 that make up 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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About Norwich University
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Capt. Alden Partridge and is the nation’s oldest private military college. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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