Friday, November 9, 2012

Ready for the 2013 competition?

The 2013 (63rd annual!) AIA Toledo High School Design Competition will be kicking off Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the AIA Toledo Office (521 Woodruff Ave., Toledo).  Please join us as we introduce the 2013 competition and discuss our program for the spring!

After several long years and a few requests, the project this year will be of a residential nature... stay tuned for more details!

Note that you are not required to attend the kickoff meeting if you would like to participate; however, we recommend that instructors attend in order to have any initial questions answered quickly and to meet this year's "client" (who will be judging the project!).

Winning boards from the 2012 competition will be available for pick-up after December 1 (please email at the address below to arrange pickup) and will also be available for pick-up at the kickoff meeting.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the High School Design Competition Committee at

If you need more information regarding the project in general, please see the brochure at this link.

Monday, May 7, 2012

2012 Winners List

Click here for the 2012 winners list for the High School Design Competition!

Thank you to the students, instructors, advisors and parents for all your hard work and support to make the 2012 competition a success!  We look forward to a good 2013 competition next year!

- the AIA Toledo High School Design Competition Committee

Monday, April 30, 2012

2012 Photos of Winning Boards

Photos of this year's winning boards (along with comments) have been posted at the following link:

2012 Winning Projects

Winners list will be posted soon...

Congratulations to all the winners!  You will be hearing from us soon (via email) regarding the winners' field trip on Saturday, May 19 to Cincinnati, Ohio!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Awards Ceremony Information

62nd Annual AIA Toledo High School Design Competition
Awards Ceremony
We strongly encourage participating students to attend this program regardless of whether you completed the project.

Time:  Wednesday April 25, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Place::  Grand Plaza Hotel, 444 N. Summit St., Toledo, OH

Cost:  FREE to instructors, advisors, students and their family members 

5:00 PM 
Student Boards Exhibition & Informal Dining

6:15 PM 
Speaker: Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, Dean, College of Architecture and Design Lawrence Technological University
Speaker: Visions of Cullen Park Representative

7:15 PM 
Awards Presentation

This year’s High School Design Competition project was a structure that combined all the necessary interests for Cullen Park into one unified building for the community. This site has proven to be an asset not only to the local residents in providing walking and shoreline activities, but also for those out of town enthusiasts that need access to the lake front. Space was also needed at the entrance of the building to allow patrons to pay for boat launching as well as pick up last minute items such as bait and licenses. The exterior of the building was also designed to accommodate the needs of maintenance and site improvement storage during the winter months when the site may not be utilized as much. Finally, the building was to react and enhance the adjacent waterfront, compliment the existing site amenities, and be functional for both pedestrian and motor vehicle access.

Visions of Cullen Park is a community Point Place group that is working on creating a revitalization effort to create the only deepwater access for 20 miles of shoreline around the Toledo area. The goal of the group is to create a destination in which efforts have already begun by dredging the waters around the ramps and docks to allow boaters to be five minutes from their trailers to some of the best walleye fishing in Lake Erie. Other groups of interest to the park include family-style canoe, kayak, and rowing-shell organizations to help promote hand-powered water sports. Finally the park also includes a vast variety of migratory bird watching out into the bay.
Dean Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP will be discussing the programs that the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University offers and the future of the Architecture profession.

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 increase total student scholarship awards). The top two Senior Scholarship Awards ($2,600 and $1,400) are made possible through The American Institute of Architects Toledo Chapter Scholarships with the University of Toledo Foundation. We thank the membership for its support of this program over the years.

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, Northwest Ohio Green Building Council, Becker Impressions, Harold Roe and Toledo Public Schools

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Student Information Form

The Student Information and Parent Release Form for Media Recording form has been updated for the 2012 competition and posted at the link below.

  • Students & Instructors:  Make sure each student includes one copy of this on the back of each board (two copies total) in sealed envelopes taped to the boards.  Student names MUST BE LEGIBLE, and written the way the student wants it to appear on the participation certificate.
  • Parents:  We photograph winners as they are receiving awards, if we get an article in the newspaper we ask for your permission to use the students' images.
  • Seniors:  Please let us know of any further education you intend to pursue.  Some of our scholarships have eligibility requirements (although the responses you have for these questions will not affect judging).

Click here to download the Student Information Form.

Friday, March 16, 2012

More Questions & Answers

There's only a couple weeks left until projects are due, so hopefully the students' plans are starting to shape up and they're starting to think about how this is going to be presented.

Sorry for the late response, but there are a few questions which we realized had not yet been responded to.  These affect program elements, although they will hopefully clarify the project:

1) Can the 1000 sf patio be split up to be used with the bird watching station is station is detached from larger structure? 
The patio cannot be split; it must remain one space.

2) Can a student fill in the shoreline and create a break wall/seawall type of structure?. (on the side where current loading docks are, and they would of course stay within the development zone)  
Yes, this is allowed.

3) Is the 1/4 acre for Habitat Restoration need to be within the development zone as well? The habitat restoration area can be outside the development zone.  
Habitat Restoration zone is no longer required, it is now optional, but recommended.  "Habitat Restoration" is simply an area of the site that is reserved for native plants and/or animals to reside; further specifics of the type of habitat being restored are not necessary.

4) There is some confusion regarding the sustainability and site features requirements.
Change the last paragraph under “The Project” to read: 
The project will incorporate a building of no more than 3,300 square feet. Please consider sustainability issues and utilize at least one (1) item from the Sustainable Building Features listed below. Also, please consider at least three (3) items from the list of Site Features listed below.
Under the heading “Required Site Features” delete the word “Required”. Please show three (3) of the seven (7) Site Features on the site plan. 

5)  As those who visited the site know, there are two beacons on the site that, when aligned, guide watercraft along the dredged channel in to the boat launch.  We recommend keeping these beacons where they are (or, if you remove them, add provisions to replace them), but since it is late in the project that will not be a required site feature.  If you did make special provisions to keep these elements please make a note of it in your project description or on your site plan so the judges are aware of it.

6)  Will there be a Rendering Day this year?
No, there will not be a Rendering Day for the 2012 competition.  Instructors, if you think we should bring this back for the 2013 competition please let one of the Committee members know; we cancelled it due to apparent lack of interest in previous years.

We will be posting the student information sheet soon, so keep an eye on this site for the latest updates!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cullen Park Site Visit Photos

It's a little cool and breezy by the water, but we had a good site visit this past Saturday at Cullen Park.  You can see photos of the site at the following link:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Site Visit - Cullen Park

There will be a guided site visit of this year’s project site (Cullen Park) this Saturday, February 4 at 9:00 a.m.  Vee Stader from Visions of Cullen Park will be there to show us around.

Cullen Park is on Summit Street in Toledo, a couple of miles north of downtown.  See map at this link:

We highly encourage students to visit the site to get a “feel” of what it’s all about, as well as possibly find some inspiration for their building design.  The park is a public facility; if you can’t make this site visit, feel free to visit when you can!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Question: Please explain the Boat Dock requirements?

As part of this year's site plan, we are requiring "Six (6) 25 ft long boat docks".  These are simply a place to moor a boat up to 25 feet long.  These can either be along the shore or parallel to the shore.  These can be made of wood, concrete, or any other common "dock" material (your advisor may have suggestions for materials).

Example Toilet Room

Updated toilet room plans have been posted for the 2012 competition.  The previously posted toilet room plans only had two toilets (or one urinal and one toilet); the current toilet room plans have three toilets (or two toilets and one urinal).

Toilet Room Plan (1/8" scale PDF)

Toilet Room Plan (DWG format)

Toilet Room Plan (DXF format)

These toilet room plans are to be used as an example or starting point for toilet room design; if you wish to enhance them with any design features feel free to do so.  Students are not required to use these exact toilet design if they have another design that responds to their design better (and maintains functionality & accessibility).

Site Plan - Required Scale Fixed!

On the original program, there were discrepancies between the scale shown on the site plan and the site plan shown on the sheet.  All should be 1" = 50'-0"; the current links have been updated to include this revision:

2012 Program Sheet (PDF, 5.83 MB, 24x36)

The CAD versions of the site plan are posted at the following links:
DWG format
DXF format

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 Program Posted

Our competition kickoff meeting is today at 4:00 pm at the AIA Toledo Office.  Representatives of Visions of Cullen Park will be present, along with the AIA Toledo High School Design Competition Committee, to reveal this year's project as well as answer any questions you may have about the 62nd (!) annual competition.

If you are unable to attend the competition, don't worry!  You can still participate.  Just send us an email message and we will put your class on our list.  We will distribute two paper program sheets per class, in addition to having the program sheet available online (at the link below).

This year's project is a multi-purpose park building for Cullen Park near Point Place in Toledo.  The site has a rich history and a great location, and we look forward to seeing the students' creativity this year!

You can access the program sheet at the following link (select "File > Download Original" on the screen to download these files to your computer):

2012 Program Sheet (PDF, 5.83 MB, 24x36)

The CAD versions of the site plan are posted at the following links:
DWG format
DXF format

Instructors, please send you 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.

We look forward to a great competition this year!

Project Site - Cullen Park