Future City Competition

2016 Future City Ohio Region Competition

AIA Columbus encouraged design excellence and craftsmanship at the annual middle-school Future City Ohio Region Competition by sponsoring a Best Architectural Model Special Award. AIA Columbus was well represented at the competition, where two Chapter Past Presidents, Monica Wangler, AIA, Senior Associate of NBBJ, and Peter Macrae, AIA, Principal of Macrae ARCHitecture, LLC, served as volunteer judges. AIA members have been integral to the competition for many years since a Chapter member was added to the Steering Committee approximately 10 years ago. Prior to that, the cities and its buildings were designed without an architectural sensibility...now students study recent urban design and building design award winners to understand the role that Architect's play in collaboration with engineers to the design of the urban fabric of our cities. The competition brought together thirteen middle-school teams from across Ohio to present their innovative ideas for a city 80 years in the future. The students took into account transportation, energy, food sources, waste, and many more aspects and utilized design software, SimCity, and built physical models out of recycled materials. This annual competition gives students the opportunity to be creative about futuristic possibilities, to work as a team, and to explore design, engineering, building, science, and research skills. 

Genoa Middle School won the state title and will head to D.C. in February to present their vision of a future city and compete against other teams from across the country. 

Read the full article on the competition from the Columbus Dispatch, here.

 Lakewood Middle School : Winning team of the Best
Architectural Model, sponsored by AIA Columbus.
 Oakwood Middle School : Honorable mention team for Best
Architectural Model, sponsored by AIA Columbus

Future City Judges
One of the judging teams including Peter Macrae, AIA.

Photos courtesy of Carol Fallet, Fallet Photography.



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