Congratulations to sophomore Dylan Farrell who took home the prize for Best Model at this year’s NH chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANH) Excellence in Architecture Design Awards. The awards ceremony took place at Keene State College on April 20.
Over the past six weeks, Farrell and junior Elizabeth Petrov researched viable terrain and the design of historic buildings while developing their skills on a computer program called Revit by Autodesk. Revit is a building information modeling software tool for architects, landscape architects, structural engineers, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers, designers and contractors.
After the presentation of their designs on April 20, Farrell was awarded first place in Model Design. This accomplishment is even more laudable because both these students demonstrated independent learning and perseverance by working on their own time or during ConVal’s TASC block.
Normally, preparation and actual design work for the competition take place during a student’s engineering course. However, this year was different as engineering courses were reprioritized in order to provide coverage in the science department. The work of both of these students is therefore an accomplishment that is to be specially celebrated.
The AIANH Excellence in Architecture Awards Program was instituted in 1983 for the purpose of providing public and professional recognition for architectural projects of design excellence. Each entry is judged by an assembled group of professional peers based on the following criteria: overall design excellence including aesthetics, clarity, creativity, appropriate functionality, sustainability, building performance, and appropriateness with regard to fulfilling the client’s program.