Drury Awards Annual Student Architecture Design Prizes

Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture has announced the winners of their annual end-of-year and juried student design competitions.

Out of 27 student projects to earn nominations, three were selected for recognition:

  • Morgan Harper of Nixa won Most Distinguished Thesis Project; Harper’s project, “Anchoring Female Adolescents in Unstable Waters,” is set in Kathmandu, Nepal, and was noted by jurors for its thorough research and evocative drawings.
  • Lisa Griffin of St. Louis received Most Distinguished Comprehensive Studio Project; Griffin’s awarded project resulted from a fourth-year studio course in which students designed a hypothetical material recovery facility in downtown Springfield’s West Meadows area. Jurors from architectural firms based in San Francisco and St. Louis praised the project’s “strategic execution of the objectives of sustainability.”
  • Abdyresul Mammedov of Turkmenistan won Most Distinguished At-Large Nominated Project; Mammedov’s project is for a fire-department boat station on the Chicago River, just south of downtown Chicago.

Drury’s architecture program has honored student projects for 17 years. This year’s competition was unique, however, in that students had to leave their campus studios because of the COVID-19 outbreak, and work remotely with professors.

“The adaptability of our students and faculty, and the intense engagement of students with their work resulted in some amazingly accomplished design projects,” Dr. Robert Weddle, Dean of the Hammons School of Architecture, said in a statement. “They are testament to the readiness of these students to work in the new realities that are emerging.”

In the past, the winners would be given between $500 and $1,000 in architectural books to help begin their professional libraries. However, this year Springfield’s Pella Doors and Windows provided a matching cash award.

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