Saturday, December 10, 2011

2011 Winning Boards posted...

By the way, photos of the 2011 winning boards were posted to the following gallery back in May...

2011 Winning Projects

Monday, April 18, 2011

The 2011 numbers (updated!)

  • 40 High Schools were invited to participate
  • 16 High Schools said “yes”
  • 10 High Schools registered 180 students
  • 10 High Schools turned in 91 student projects
  • 18 students won 25 prizes, representing 7 high schools

Monday, April 4, 2011

April 26 Awards Ceremony

RSVP to by 4/14!

More info:

Tuesday April 26, 2011

Crowne Plaza (444 N. Summit St., Toledo)

5:00 PM
- H.S.D.C. Student Boards Exhibition & Informal Dining
6:15 PM
- Speaker: Nazanin Khodadad (Miami University Department of Architecture)
- Speaker: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (U.S. House of Representatives)
- Speaker: Mike Szuberla (Toledo GROWS)
7:15 PM
- H.S.D.C. Awards Presentation

AIA Toledo 61st Annual High School Design Competition

This year’s High School Design Competition project was a classroom and workshop building for a community garden managed by Toledo GROWs. This garden has proven to be a great asset to the local residents in both providing for food and improving community pride. A space is needed at the garden site where maintenance and improvement projects can occur (workshop), and where learning associated with the garden (including cooking classes) can occur. Storage of supplies for the gardens is needed. The building will react to and enhance the adjacent urban infrastructure, complement the existing site amenities, and be functional for both pedestrian and motor vehicle access.

A chicken coop will be shown somewhere on the site. Toledo GROWs is always looking for unique and improved chicken coop designs, and is interested in innovations students may propose.

This project incorporates a building of no more than 4,000 square feet, along with exterior site features.

Ms. Khodadad will talk about the path through school to a career in architecture.

Congresswoman Kaptur and Mr. Szuberla will discuss the importance of community gardens in general, Toledo GROWs in particular, and will let us know about local initiatives in our community.

This annual AIA Toledo tradition has gained the recognition of the National AIA with the receipt of AIA National Component excellence award in 2005 and the continued receipt of AIA National Component Matching Grants (which could increase total student scholarship awards by a total of $1,200). The top two Senior Scholarship Awards ($2,600 and $1,400) are made possible through the Edward E. Packer and Richard Valasek endowed Scholarships with the University of Toledo Foundation. We thank the membership for its support of this program over the years.

We strongly encourage our architect members to attend this highly-supported community outreach program regardless of whether you have participated or not.

Special thanks to the following organizations for making this year’s competition possible

Bowling Green State University, Maumee Valley Section of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Becker Impressions, Harold Roe and Toledo Public Schools

This event is made possible in part through the generous donation of the venue by Crowne Plaza

Friday, April 1, 2011

The boards are in - please RSVP for awards ceremony!

The boards have been turned in, and we’ve checked them all in for judging in a couple of weeks. Now we encourage you to attend the awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 26 (which should miss most schools’ spring breaks) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Summit Street in Toledo.

To get an accurate count for the food please RSVP to by Thursday, April 14. Attendance is free for students, parents and teachers (and a limited number of guests). We encourage students to attend even if they didn’t turn in a project, so they can listen to our speakers and see the range of projects submitted.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the competition, or any suggestions on how we might improve the competition, feel free to contact us via email at

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

2011 Student Information Sheet

The student information sheet that is to accompany all student entries is at this link. Per the instructions on the program sheet, please include a filled out copy of this form in a sealed envelope on BOTH boards of the student entry.

Senior information has been combined with this form. Seniors only need to fill out that section of the sheet (for our use in determining scholarship eligibility). Please write legibly when filling out this form so the student names are spelled correctly in the awards ceremony program.

Projects are due March 30 at Rossi & Associates, hopefully the students are well along with their designs!

Monday, January 10, 2011

2011 Program Posted

The 2011 High School Design Competition program is posted!

Our competition kickoff was this afternoon; we would like to thank Mike Szuberla from Toledo Grows and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur for speaking at the event.

This year's program is a new workshop and classroom building for the Oneida Community Garden in Toledo.

The PDF program sheet is now online. You can access it at the following link:

2011 Program Sheet (PDF, 24x36)

Also available is the AutoCAD site plan:

Instructors, please send your student list to as soon as possible! We will be working to assign advisors to every participating high school before the end of January.

Student participation forms will be updated and posted to this website; we will send announcements when they become available.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 Kickoff - 1/10/2011, 4 pm at AIA Offices

A Reminder:
The 2011 AIA Toledo High School Design Competition kick-off meeting will be held on January 10, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the AIA Toledo Office located at 521 W. Woodruff Avenue, Toledo, OH 43604. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

Last year's winning boards will be returned to the instructors at the kickoff, and we will have additional boards that were left behind at last year's awards ceremony for instructors to pick up.

Also, as a resource for instructors and students, we have several boxes of recent architecture magazines that instructors can take and students can use for inspiration. Feel free to take a few handfuls or a whole box (depending on how many people are interested).

Instructors, if you have an idea of how many students are participating in this year's competition, please email and let us know!