Alcoa’s Kawneer Business and AIAS Invite Students of Architecture and Design to Participate in 2010 Student Design Competition

July 14, 2010

Participants will be Tasked with Creating a Modern and Unique
School for Children Grades K-6

WASHINGTON & NORCROSS, Ga.–Alcoa’s Kawneer architectural aluminum building and construction
products business and the American Institute of Architecture Students
(AIAS) invite architecture and design students to participate in the
2010 national student design competition. Sponsored by Kawneer and
administered by AIAS, the competition challenges students to learn about
building materials, specifically architectural aluminum building
products and systems, in the design of a modern and creative school for
students in grades kindergarten to sixth grade. The competition is open
to all students of architecture and design in North America, with
winning students/teams and their AIAS chapter receiving cash prizes
totaling $7,225. This is the fifth consecutive year for the competition.

“This opportunity for students to engage with their work in such a
professional way is a unique aspect of the Student Design Competition,”
said Matthew Fochs, Director of Design and Outreach Programs, AIAS.
“Students nationwide can expand their architectural and design
experience, learn about new techniques and products on the market and
have their work seen by several influential names in the AEC community.
The partnership between AIAS and Kawneer shows both organizations’
commitment to education at all levels of civic and community

The competition requires participants to research, respond to and
highlight the unique aspects of designing an attractive and modern
elementary school that will serve the needs of its community for years
to come. In many areas, schools support the community beyond serving as
an educational facility, but also as central meeting hall or building
ground for future buildings, public and civic. Competition objectives
also include building knowledge about materials, products and
daylighting techniques that can help earn Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) certification points while creating a bright
and fun atmosphere for learning. In addition, participants will be
challenged to use green building principles in the development of an
attractive and pleasing school and surround site for the selected
community. Submissions will be evaluated based on ingenuity and
originality, as well as appropriate use of sustainable products and
overall design clarity.

The National Student Design Competition has been popular since it began
four years ago. The competition receives several hundred submissions
from dozens of schools and universities throughout the United States,
with many universities adopting the competition as a class project. In
2008, the competition drew 441 registrations, making it the largest AIAS
student design competition in over 20 years. Each year, three winning
designs and three honorable mentions are selected by a jury, comprised
of industry professionals relevant to the year’s topic. Previous year’s
competitions challenged students to design a hurricane resistant
campus-based recreation center, a library for the 21st
Century and a municipal courthouse, all with the intention of
influencing the community at large in design scope and potential use.

Winners will be announced December 20, 2010 via the AIAS website. The
winning projects will be displayed at the 2010 AIAS FORUM in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada, December 29, 2010 – January 1, 2011 and at the 2011 AIA
National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans, May 12 – 14,
2011. The top three submissions will also be featured in the Spring 2011
issue of Crit, the Journal of the AIAS. In addition, the AIAS
chapter at each school will receive a cash grant. Registration deadline
is Monday, October 18, 2010 and all entries must be submitted by Monday,
November 26, 2010.

“Kawneer is excited to be a part of this competition again and hopes to
influence a new generation of architects and designers looking to find
sustainable solutions to everyday building challenges,” said Karen
Zipfel, Director of Marketing for Kawneer North America. “We are
dedicated to creating products and solutions that help architects make
their sustainable visions a reality.”

To learn more about the 2010 Student Design Competition, visit
For more information on AIAS, please visit
For more information on Kawneer, please visit

About Kawneer:
With more than 100 years of innovation and
experience, Kawneer North America is headquartered in Norcross, GA, and
is the leading manufacturer of architectural aluminum products and
systems for the commercial construction industry. Kawneer is part of
Alcoa’s global Building and Construction Systems (BCS) business unit.
Alcoa BCS manufactures and markets architectural systems and products in
North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the
world’s leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum, and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of
the industry. For more information on Kawneer or its products, please

About the AIAS:
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the
American Institute of Architecture Students was established in 1956 and
is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to
providing unmatched programs, information, and resources on issues
critical to architectural education. The mission of the AIAS is to
promote excellence in architectural education, training and practice;
foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; enrich
communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and
combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.
The AIAS is comprised of more than 6,500 members at nearly 150 chapters
around the world.