Drury Students Win Regional Design Competition

A team of Drury Architecture students are regional champions.

The students won the Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Central States Region. The winning team consists of Jenine May, Nia Damgova, Blame Pittman, and Connor Stokes.

“I am ecstatic to have won,” Damgova said in a statement. “We could not have achieved this accomplishment without the support of Nancy Chikaraishi, who guided the team through the experience, Robert Weddle, and the rest of the HSA faculty and alumni who supported us.”

The students won the 12-hour competition over six other schools: University of Oklahoma; University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Washington University in St. Louis; Kansas State University and the University of Kansas.

The competition consisted of designing a 45,000 square foot Mississippi Watershed Research Center that would be built on a plot of land next to the Mississippi River. The teams visited the land where the facility would be built and then were taken to different architectural firms around St. Louis to do their work.

The teams developed a 30×42-inch board of their design, a 10-slide Powerpoint and one image that represented the project. The teams then presented the following morning to the competition jury.

The team won a $4,000 prize that’s split between the members, a certificate, and a trophy to display at Drury for the rest of the school year.

“I was so excited for and proud of this team,” Drury Professor of Architecture Nancy Chikaraishi said in a statement. “There were probably 250 to 300 professionals from the Central States Region in attendance that night at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis to see first-hand the caliber of our Drury architecture students. It was an amazing event.”

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