Sam Fox School Students Win AIA Competition

A detail from the team’s proposal for the New North Makerhood in Omaha, Nebraska.

Posted by Liam Otten October 12, 2017


Four Sam Fox School architecture students took first place in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central States 2017 Student Design Competition.

Graduate students Rachel Madryga and Mengru Wang and undergraduate students Rebecca Resnic and Johanna "Jojo" Yee won the $4,000 top prize. Their proposal—developed in just 12 hours—would help revitalize a district in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, known as the New North Makerhood. Judges cited the group's plan to transform a weed-filled alley into a pedestrian walkway and to develop a glass-enclosed gallery space within a historic warehouse.

Visiting assistant professor Jonathan Stitelman served as faculty adviser. The competition coincides with AIA's New Urban Agenda, which provides a framework for architects to champion resilient, inclusive communities through sustainable urbanization.

Read more in this report from the Omaha World-Herald.