Tuesday, April 29, 2014

2014 winners documents!

Thank you everyone for making the 2014 High School Design Competition a success!

The presentation of awards (including board photos and judges' comments) is at this link. (may take a while to load)

The one-page winners list is at this link.

Photos (unfiltered) of the awards banquet are at is link.

[links updated 9/22/2014]

Friday, April 18, 2014

4/23 Awards Ceremony

A reminder to everyone that the HSDC Awards Ceremony is next Wednesday, April 23rd at the Best Western Premier (formerly the Grand Plaza Hotel) at 444 N. Summit St., Toledo (paid parking available at the Vistula Garage off Superior St.).

Viewing of Student Entries, Appetizers Available

6:15 PM
Speaker:  Scott Shall, Professor and Department Chair, College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technological University
Speaker:  Susan Skitowski, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Branch Services Administrator

7:15 PM
Presentation of Awards

All award-winning boards will be kept by AIA Toledo for future presentations and will be returned at next year’s kick-off meeting, or through other arrangements with the HSDC committee.  All non-award-winning boards should be taken home after the awards ceremony.

If your school did not participate this year, this is an excellent opportunity to view the students’ work, talk to other participating instructors and students, and get a better idea of what all is involved in the competition.

If possible, please send an email with the number of attendees from your school to hsdc.aiatoledo@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

2014 Student Information and Parent Release form

The Student Information and Parent Release form that is to be included in an envelope on the back of each board submitted is posted here.  Refer to the instructions on the program sheet (or email the competition committee) if you have any questions regarding this.

If this is not filled out and attached to the back of both boards (per the instructions on the program), the entry will be disqualified.  Both halves of the entry need one of these (to make sure your board receives proper recognition).

[Links updated 9/22/2014]

Monday, February 10, 2014

2014 Schedule Changes

Due to the recent snow events, we are modifying the schedule for the AIA Toledo High School Design Competition as follows:

  • Saturday, February 8, 9:00 a.m. – guided site visit at the Sanger Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library (meet in the lobby) [RSVP here by 2/6
  • Friday, February 28, time 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm – rendering day (AIA Toledo Office, 521 Woodruff Ave., Toledo) 
  • Saturday, March 1, 10:00a to noon:  rendering day (more details forthcoming) 
  • Monday, April 7, 3:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. – project deadline (AIA Toledo Office, 521 Woodruff Ave., Toledo) 
  • Wednesday, April 23, 5:00 p.m. – awards ceremony
  • Saturday, May 11, time TBD - winners field trip

Site Visit Photos

Photos from Saturday's snowy site visit have been posted to this Dropbox link.  If you haven't visited this year's project site, we highly recommend you do so; it will help to inform your project.

Also, existing exterior elevations have been posted to the 2014 Resources page in DWG format, for context purposes.

[Links updated 9/22/2014]

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Additional Scholarships from LTU

In addition to the awards noted on the program, Lawrence Technological University is offering $60,000 in scholarships to attend their university!  This is a $6,000 annual scholarship ($30,000 total) that will be awarded to one Junior and one Senior participant.  Please see the flyer at this link.

[Links updated 9/22/2014]

Monday, January 27, 2014

Upcoming events for 2014 competition

We have some important dates coming up that we need to make you aware of:

  • Saturday, February 1st @ 9:00 am – guided Site Visit to Sanger Branch (RSVP by Thursday 1/30)
  • Friday, February 21st (Time to be determined) – Rendering Day @ AIAT Office with Lawrence Technical University
  • Saturday, February 22nd (Tentative) – Rendering Day @ AIAT Office with Bowling Green State University

We need RSVP’s for these dates as we are having representatives from the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the Universities generously sharing their time with us and the students.  We highly recommend attending the Site Visit as the students will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the site and existing building, in addition to hearing the Library’s representatives thoughts on the project.  A representative from the Library will be one of the judges, so this is a chance to gain some insight on what they might be looking for.

The rendering days are also extremely beneficial to the students as they give the students the opportunity to learn some tricks of trade from professionals, professors, and other students.  For many students, this project may be the first opportunity to present their work.  Learning from others who have done this before and will be judging the competition is a fantastic way to dramatically improve their skills.

It was suggested that a time during the school day would give the students an opportunity to take a field trip, and thus be more available than an evening when many students are busy with after-school activities.  A Saturday will also be scheduled to allow those students who may not be able to take a field trip an opportunity to attend as well.

If you have not been contacted by an advisor or liaison, please let us know so that we can get one assigned to you.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2014 Program & info

The 2014 AIA Toledo High School Design Competition program has been posted to the following link:

2014 Program

This year's project is a new teen branch library on the same site as the Sanger Branch Library for the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.  The new building can either be free-standing, or can be an addition to the existing library.

Site plans and floor plans of the existing adjacent Sanger Branch Library are posted to the following link:

2014 Resources

The kickoff meeting was held on Monday, January 13, and although the attendees were few due to short notice, the discussion was good, and several good ideas were exchanged between liaisons, advisors and instructors.  Minutes from this meeting are posted in the "Resources" link above.

A few events will be scheduled within the next week (guided site visit, Rendering day(s)) so check back soon!

If you are an instructor and have not yet expressed interest, please email your contact info and expected number of students (we will want names later this month) to hsdc.aiatoledo@gmail.com.

Also, if you had winning students last year and would like to get their boards, they will be available during normal business hours at the Collaborative (500 Madison Ave., Toledo; corner of Madison and Superior).  Please email the committee (hsdc.aiatoledo@gmail.com) in advance if you would like to pick them up, and we will have them available.

[Links updated 9/22/2014]

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014 Competition Kickoff

The kickoff meeting for the 2014 AIA Toledo High School Design Competition is coming up very soon!

When:  Monday, January 13 at 4:30 pm [note correction in time]

Where:  AIA Toledo office (521 W. Woodruff Ave., Toledo)

Who should attend:  Instructors, Professional Advisors/Liaisons, Students who would like to participate

What to expect:  We will be distributing the 2014 HSDC program, as well as answering any questions you may have regarding the competition.  

See you next Monday!  If you need any further information, or are planning to participate but cannot attend the kickoff, please email the committee at hsdc.aiatoledo@gmail.com.

We apologize for the short notice, and thank you for your patience.