February 7, 2019
Second-year Architectural Technology students at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) were tasked with designing an innovative and functional bank of the future that incorporates concepts of environmental sustainability.
The winners were announced January 30, 2019 at the ninth-annual NAIT Architectural Technology student design competition awards reception, sponsored by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd and ATB Financial. The ten finalists shared a total of $9,000 in prize money. Representatives from our Edmonton office announced the winners of the Kasian Award for Design Innovation. This year’s design finalists were a close call, with a virtual tie between the second and third place students.
Students were tasked with designing a multi-storey building featuring an ATB Financial branch on a portion of the main floor and a community support space of their choosing on the remaining floor plate. The specific zoning requirements were to be adhered to, which dictated the maximum height of the building. This year, the selected site was within the historic area of the Quarters District in downtown Edmonton, and immediately adjacent to the historically-designated Gibson Block, Edmonton’s only flat iron building. Designs were judged based on aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, corporate identity, and innovation/concept.
From our Edmonton office, Jim Dobie, Senior Associate and Dean Benvenuto, Principal both participated in the final round of judging. They were both amazed by the maturity and the resolution of the entries that were presented to them. “Kasian is honored to continue our support and participate in the judging of NAIT’s student designs for an ATB bank of the future,” remarked Jim. “This year’s finalists came up with very unique community space concepts to support the bank of the future, which really reflected the site context and the demographics of the area. You could see that the students spent a lot of time researching the history of the district and the zoning requirements before looking at the program requirements or their relationship/bubble diagrams. All schemes brought a strong idea or concept word that they carried through from the initial idea to the final renderings and floor plans presented.”
The student’s efforts were well received by all the judges and committee members of ATB Financial. Kasian looks forward to welcoming these bright stars into our profession and witnessing how their talents will add depth to our design community.
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