Judges have chosen a winning project in the 11th annual MCA Student Design Competition. The winner was chosen from among 142 entries. Project submissions primarily came from schools in the United States but included several from universities in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, and Japan.

First place was awarded to Lee Parmenter of the University of Colorado, Denver, sponsored by Associate Professor Osman Attmann, Ph.D. Second place was given to a design created by Jason Roberts at Judson University, Elgin, Ill., sponsored by Assistant Professor David Ogoli, Ph.D. A design by Ryan Jensen at the University of Colorado, Denver, also sponsored by Attmann, received the third place award.

Honorable mention went to designs from Clinton Armstrong, University of Kansas, sponsored by David Farnan, and Eric Schmid, University of Oklahoma, sponsored by Anthony Circchio.

The annual competition offers a chance for upper level students and graduate students in accredited schools of architecture to learn about designing and building with metal. Entrants must address architectural, structural, functional, cultural, and environmental issues in a project that uses metal in various architectural and structural applications. 

The 2008 program challenged students to design a Maritime Museum and Historical Center for Chicago’s Northerly Island, located on the shores of Lake Michigan just south of the city’s downtown. The center would house interactive displays and programs, classrooms, a research library, and a restaurant. All concepts were required to follow the USGBC’s LEED building standards.