Leading Edge Competition 2007-08

The competition will focus on the coastal environment of beautiful Santa Barbara. Students entering Challenge 1 will design an Environmental and History Center with display space in an historic barn and students entering Challenge 2 will design a 3 unit townhouse-style student residence. Both projects will be located in the West Campus area of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International Architectural Idea Competition
Genre Education, Sustainability
Country United States
RegDeadline 28 March 2008 GoogleCal iCal
13 June 2008 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility Challenge 1 for students in their third, fourth, or fifth year of undergraduate school and all graduate or post-baccalaureate students, Challenge 2 for students in the first or second year of their undergraduate design education

The 2007/2008 Leading Edge Competition will be located on the West Campus of University of California at Santa Barbara. Challenge 1 entrants will design a 25,000 sf History and Nature Center on a 17,500 sf site with display space in the historic Campbell Barn nearby. Challenge 2 entrants will design a 4,500 sf 3-unit student residence building on a 1,800 sf site.
The competition objectives are to encourage and reward excellence in architectural planning and design that integrates environmentally responsive design strategies.

Competition participants will have the opportunity to:
* Explore energy efficiency as a basic standard of building design.
* Incorporate principles of sustainability in the choice of building materials, water use and building design.
* Investigate new building materials and methodologies that contribute to sustainable or energy-efficient design.
* Understand the impact of solar orientation, wind orientation, building massing, construction methods, and material choices on building function and energy use.
* Develop an awareness of appropriate technology for particular building types, regional climates, and site location.
* Explore state-of-the-art computer modeling tools for predicting and evaluating the impact of design decisions on building performance and energy conservation.

Randall T. Higa, P.E. (Southern California Edison)
Chris Scruton (California Energy Commission)
Gregg D. Ander, FAIA (Southern California Edison)
Alison Kwok, Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP (University of Oregon, Department of Architecture)
Nancy Clanton, P.E. FIES, LC, IALD (Clanton & Associates)

Competition Type
One-Stage, Anonymous Competition

The first place (in Challenge 1 and Challenge 2): each $3,000
The second place (for each challenge): each $2,000
The jury may award a number of Certificates of Merit (which do not carry monetary awards) to projects that show outstanding effort in specific areas. The school, college, or university sponsor will receive $1,500 for sponsoring the first place entry and $1,000 for sponsoring the second place entry.

Entry Fee

Challenge 1: two or three 30” x 40” boards and a brief narrative of approximately 500 words
Challenge 2: two 30” X 40” boards and a brief narrative of approximately 500 words

Winners Notified and Posted on Website: August 29, 2008
Judges Comments for All Entries Posted on the Website: Sept. 12, 2008

Past winners

Southern California Edison, California Energy Commission, New Buildings Institute, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Official Website