The West Virginia chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of the annual student scholarship competition at the Design Awards Gala held at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston on April 23. Fairmont State University Architecture students were awarded $14,000 in scholarships.
The design committee, comprised of architects from across the state, recognized and commended the body of work represented by all submissions. The jury recognized extraordinary solutions to the design problems and awarded projects that in some way transformed the site, the building typology and the program.
Courtney Kress, a senior Architecture student from Aliquippa, Pa., was honored with a scholarship as the winner of the Jeffrey Mayfield Design Award. Her entry proposed a concept for the “School of Tomorrow” that considered green design, community revitalization and multi-modal learning opportunities
James Jesmer, a junior from Bridgeport, was awarded a scholarship as the winner of the West Virginia Society of Architects Student Design Competition for his concept for a History Center for Fairmont.
Amanda Rinehart, a senior from Marietta, Ohio, was the winner of the Floyd Clingenpeel Scholarship for Sustainability for her concept for the “School of Tomorrow” in which she explored sustainable materials and systems applications.
John Edward Porter and Michael Frush, Fairmont State Architecture alumni, were also honored with scholarships by AIA-WV.
FSU offers an A.S. in Architectural Engineering, a B.S. of Architecture and West Virginia’s first Master of Architecture (M.Arch). For more information, visit https://www.fairmontstate.edu/collegeofscitech/academics/architecture-program.