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. 6.
This is the third year Norwich is offering the competition, and this year’s challenge is to design two spaces for storytelling.
The competition prompt: 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 two years, especially with regard to how we gather. While outdoor performance and gathering spaces are not a wholly new idea, they have become essential over the past few years. With this design competition, we are seeking your thoughtful solutions to making dynamic and functional outdoor spaces for performance and gathering. How many ways do we share the stories of our lives through storytelling? Whether in-person, by phone, or through Zoom, a lot can be shared through the stories we tell. Like many things in our lives, this activity can happen spontaneously wherever we may be, but at other times we have the advantage of a stage, an enclosure, or even just a quiet space from which to engage an audience. There is a reason we communicate differently on video, in person, in a large grand theater, in a smaller local theater, or out on the sidewalk. We connect with an audience differently, emote differently, and project our voices differently when speaking in an intimate setting or a grand setting.
Students are invited to participate as an individual or in a team of up to four members. Architecture + Art professors are available to provide guidance and assistance during the competition and prior to submission.
New this year, the competition is also open to transfer students. Those submissions will be judged separately from the high school students’.
Entrants get a $2,000 Leadership Scholarship Award ($500/year) just for completing an entry submission and could win up to an $8,000 Leadership Scholarship Award ($2000/year) for first prize.
Following the deadline for submission, a live webinar will take place near Thanksgiving to announce the winners.
Learn more and register here.
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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