Sam Fox School Students Win AIA Competition

Posted by Stephanie Schlaifer November 29, 2018


Four Sam Fox School architecture students took first place in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central States 2018 Student Design Competition. Graduate students Dylan Draves and Alexis Raiford and undergraduate students Erin McLaughlin and Dylan Chan won the $4000 top prize and the Charles W. Graham Memorial Heartland Trophy.

Their proposal, Civic Courtyard—developed in just 12 hours—would enhance city life and walkability by densifying the site’s perimeter and repurposing existing buildings into a daycare center, food education center, and an arts center. To create connectivity within the site, the group proposed an outdoor plaza with a performance space, market, gardens, and fruit orchard, as well as a detention pond and rain garden to mitigate flooding. The jury noted the proposal for its excellent synergy of program elements, including addressing the internal program, architecture, and impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

Professor of practice Monica Rivera served as faculty adviser.

Read more about the award on the AIA Website.