The Illinois School of Architecture is pleased to announce the winners of the Earl Prize in Design (undergraduate) and the Graduate Awards for Design Excellence for the Spring 2020 semester. These awards recognize the outstanding student work at the sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate levels of our curriculum. The Earl Prizes are funded with income from an endowment bequeathed by Edward C. Earl and are awarded for excellence in undergraduate design studios.
The Earl Prize deliberation took place on Friday, May 15 at 4pm. The undergraduate jury was composed by Francisco Rodríguez-Suárez, Sara Bartumeus and David Chasco. The graduate jury was composed by Kevin Erickson, Aaron Brakke, Andrea Melgarejo de Berry and Francisco Rodríguez-Suárez.
The undergraduate jury decided to group the Junior and Senior nominations together, given the lack of representation by the latter. The jury also recommended that in the future the Barcelona projects should compete in this category. Collectively, we felt like the quality and complexity displayed in the Junior projects was notable and we commend the complexity of the site and program at this level. The final decision was unanimous.
1st Place - Owen Balk (Armstrong)
2nd Place - Akash Mattu (Bliss)
3rd Place - Bernardo Gonzalez (Swiatek)
Honorable Mention - Hailey Collum (Armstrong)
The graduate jury commends the diversity of the work presented as well as the engagement and seriousness of the nominated proposals. We thoroughly enjoyed the level of presentation and analysis and were impressed by the overall quality. The winner resulted from a unanimous vote, while the rest of the awards and honorable mention carried the majority of the vote.
Design Excellence Awards:
1st Place - Shweta Krishnan & Bryan Samuel (Bartumeus)
2nd Place - Riad Wehbi (Hinders)
3rd Place - Maria Emilia Pozo (Chasco)
Sharanya Reddy & Ravideep Singh (Worn)
Raksha Satish Babu Magal & Xinran Zheng (Hammann)
Ruiqing Zhou & Daniela Beerens (Bognar)
Junior level Arch Design courses (Arch 373, and Arch 372)
1st Place - Ye (Jacee) Tong
2nd Place - Phoebe Glimm
Senior level Arch Design courses (Arch 476 and Arch 475)
1st Place - Genevieve Jones
2nd Place - Sabas Padilla