News Release: August 20, 2020
From: Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs
To: Directors of AIA New York and Central New York
Re: Local winners of CCCAP Student Design Competition 2020
Congratulations to Onondaga Community College students, Timothy Siau and Stephen Martin, for winning Honorable Mention Design award from CCCAP Student Design Competition 2020!
Timothy Siau and Stephen Martin from Onondaga Community College won HONORABLE MENTION DESIGN award for their amazing YOUTH HOSTEL in Elk Island National Park in Alberta, Canada.
The design solution is imaginative and observant to many sustainable requirements. David Green was faculty advisor from Onondaga Community College. Here are the jury comments:
We admire the simplicity of the raised hostel rooms and the simple gesture of the arc in plan. The architecture creates a place that feels like the cabin in the woods. It is a hostel that we would want to visit. The simplicity of the plan on the second floor in particular is effective. Currently the lower level plan appears less resolved than the upper level experience. The occupiable roof on the second floor works to maximize the use of the architecture. On the second level, operable windows in the rooms will extend the integration of the visitor into the environment from each individual room. Experience of the outside may benefit from exterior decks or the inclusion of balconies to elevate the occupant into the forest canopy. Simplicity of the approach to the site is notable.
Open to first- and second-year architecture students, this year’s competition attracted over 100 students from 15 community college architecture programs in 10 states. The program called for students to design a hostel for young people that would accommodate a variety of groups who came to enjoy the National Park. The site was a rugged setting in northern Canada.
The student’s design was to create a sense of community, uniqueness, and imagination through light, scale, form and materials. Designs also were to demonstrate a responsible relationship with the environment through the use of sustainable and recycled materials and alternative energy sources.
The CCCAP is a professional organization of educators dedicated to promoting the value of the Architecture Programs in community colleges and to providing an alternative pathway to the architectural profession. As a non-profit organization, its’ goal is to empower students to pursue their career and academic goals in the field of architecture and the built environment today and in the future.