Monday, May 22, 2006

Three Fairmont State University architecture students received cash prizes as winners of an end-of-the-semester competition sponsored by the Fairmont Renaissance Corporation.

The first place winner, Brian Robinson, was awarded $500. Erin Smith and Alex Leib shared second place and received $125 each. The winners were chosen from a field of 29 entries from two design studios led by Kirk Morphew, AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture at Fairmont State.

The students were asked to design a project at the corner of Adams and Quincy streets in Fairmont, calling for a mixed-use, urban infill solution that provides underground parking, commercial space, affordable apartments and market-rate apartments. Key considerations in the judging were context and the potential of spurring downtown revitalization efforts.

Judges for the competition were Bill Yoke, AIA, of WYK Associates; Rebecca Key, AIA, of Alpha Associates; Greg Eddy, Associate AIA, of Omni Associates; and Philip Freeman, AIA, of Fairmont State. Rich Wood served as the Fairmont Renaissance Corporation’s representative.