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!

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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