MArch Project Honors

Perceived Fragmentation, Allison Conley. Informal performance space, grand lobby.

Several MArch students honored in national design competitions

Posted by Katherine Welsch August 6, 2014

The Master of Architecture program has been well-represented in a pair of national design competitions, with recent graduates and current students garnering honors for projects they developed at the Sam Fox School.

Chicago Award in Architecture

Allison Conley, MArch13, received the first-prize Benn-Johnck Award as part of the Chicago Award in Architecture, a juried competition of student projects sponsored by AIA Chicago.

Perceived Fragmentation, which Conley completed for her final Degree Project, aims to activate the St. Louis riverfront through human motion. The project proposes a school of dance and performance that, through a series of formal and informal performance venues, merges the performance and public realm.
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This year's competition received a total of 26 entries. As the winner, Conley received $500 and an invitation to attend the AIA annual meeting in December, where she will be recognized and have her work displayed.

Two other MArch13 graduates, Lauren Harrison and Ho Yeung "Raymond" Chau, finished second and third, respectively, in the competition last year.


Current MArch student Chun Liu was named the jury winner in the Future Voices category of Pinup2014, a public competition sponsored by the Morpholio Project to promote the research, exploration, and investigation happening among today's emerging talent.

Teamster Timeshare aims to help the new corridors of oil "boom towns" in the Upper Midwest avoid an eventual fall into economic decline when the fossil fuel energy runs out. Liu's project calls for these boom towns to tap into the excess kinetic energy of the extraction process to create an "energy-forward" economic and land-use growth model.

In addition, MArch students Brooke Helgerson (Constructing Future Geologies) and Helen Wu (Mobile Energy Market) received honor awards in the competition. All three projects were developed for PROTO/LOGICS | Urban Typologies, a studio taught by visiting assistant professor Stephen Mueller in spring 2014.