AIA Committee on Design Ideas Competition 2008


1st place
Submitter: Daniel Scully
Firm: Daniel V. Scully/Architects

2nd place
Submitter: James Leach
Firm: Leo A Daly

3rd place
Extended Stay
Submitter: Christine Mondor
Firm: evolve environment::architecture

Honorable Mention
Eco-Icon Residence
Submitter: Will Shepphird
Firm: Shepphird Associates

Nautilia House
Submitter: Fernando Gonzalez Diaz
Firm: Urban Venture Group Architects

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The challenge of this competition is to design a single-family home for a prescribed typology of American family, paralleling the methodology used by automotive designers.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type Architecture Idea Competition
Genre Housing
Country Detroit, United States
RegDeadline 10 March 2008 GoogleCal iCal
10 March 2008 (via Online)
Eligibility All registered architects, intern architects, students, and allied design professionals

The AIA Committee on Design (COD) 2008 Ideas Competition provides an opportunity to examine parallels in design professions with the automobile industry through a sketch design problem. The architectural design and automotive design disciplines have many parallels, as well as unique differences.

One of these major differences is the singular nature of architecture versus the mass production of automobiles. Whereas architects generally deal with individual clients and specific places, creating a one-of-a-kind response to needs and desires, automobile designers respond to the needs and desires of a broad group of consumers and must create vehicles that will be desired by perhaps thousands.

But regardless of whether one is designing a singular response or a mass-produced product, architects and automobile designers create, not only to make this world a better place, but to make it a more beautiful place.

Glen LeRoy, FAIA, dean, College of Design, Lawrence Technological University
Paul Urbanek, AIA, LEED AP, vice president of design, SmithGroup
Peter Horbury, executive director of design, North America, Ford Motor Company
Wendy Fry, ASLA, The Mannik and Smith Group
Tom Buresh, associate dean for academic affairs, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Judging Process

Complimentary registration to the COD spring conference Design Parallels, in Detroit, April 3–6.
First-place winner also will receive a $1,200 travel stipend to the conference.
Second-place winner receives a $750 travel stipend.
Third-place winner a $500 travel stipend.
Exhibition and Publication

Entry Fee
AIA members: $100
Non-AIA members: $150
AIA associate members: $75
Architecture students: $30

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Winners notified: March 19
Winners attend the COD Spring Conference in Detroit for presentation of awards: April 3–6
Exhibition of winners at the AIA 2008 National Convention in Boston: May 15–17

Past Winner

AIA Committee on Design

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