The School of Architecture is pleased to announce that ALAR 8020: The Joint Studio Nuttallburg, West Virginia won Architect Magazine's 2017 Studio Prize. The studio consisted of third-year Master's of Architecture candidates, led by Ed Ford, Vincent and Elena Shea Professor of Architecture, and Luis Pancorbo, Assistant Professor of Architecture. Students were challenged to design a "small-scale interpretive or welcome center" at a National Park Service site, an abandoned coal mine in West Virginia.
The Studio Prize selects six studios from architectural schools across North America that demonstrate the most innovative courses and give the best insight into concepts explored by today's design students. Renée Cheng, FAIA and one of the jurors for the competition, said that this year's studios, "are embracing influences well outside of traditional architectural concerns, and use analytical techniques that may be data-driven or scaleless.”