February 1, 2018
Second year Architectural Technology students at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) were tasked with designing an innovative and functional bank branch that incorporates concepts of environmental sustainability.
The winners were announced January 30 at the eighth 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 $9,000 in prize money. In addition to the first, second and third prizes the Kasian Award for Design Innovation was also awarded.
Students were challenged to design a two-storey building featuring an ATB Financial branch on the main floor and offices for a fictional architectural/interior design practice on the second. This year, the selected site was in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Designs were judged based on concept, aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and corporate identity.
Crystal Graham, Principal in the Kasian Edmonton Office and a final round judge in the competition spoke glowingly about the quality of the entries. “Our Kasian team was honored to support and participate in the judging of NAIT’s student designs for an ATB branch in Grande Prairie. The quality of the thinking and designs presented were outstanding, and it was probably the most difficult judging process we’ve experienced in a while. That is not to say we didn’t have a good time; it had more to do with the extraordinary number of quality entries that were submitted”.
The students dug deep into the project requirements, developing a story for their idea, tackling the functional planning, and applying creative thinking to the design of their project. ‘Interestingly enough, all the design concepts were very different from one another, yet all of them met the functional requirements. Once their submissions were complete, they stood tall and presented their submissions in ATB’s executive boardroom to over 20 professionals. Daunting!’ said Crystal.
Kudo’s to all the NAIT students who participated. We know they will add to the depth of our design community, and Kasian looks forward to welcoming these bright stars into our profession.
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