2020 STUDENT COMPETITION
2x8: DOMUM WINNERS
Domum Level - $5000 Scholarship (Scholarship sponsored by AIA National)
Many Villages, Sometimes
Violeta Smart | Cal Poly SLO

Jury Notes:
The jury was struck by Violeta’s project for the intensity of drawings, spectacular spaces and insistence on making an architecture of “many.” | The programmatic position for a village is timely. | Behind the color palette of pink and blue hues is a sophisticated set of sections and elevations that contain a mix of both repetitive housing blocks and shared public space.


Domum - $5000 Scholarship (Scholarship sponsored by Montalba Architects)
Joy Cluster
Nadthachai Kongkhajornkidsuk | Cal Poly SLO

Jury Notes:
This project stood out because it reminded us of Tim Smith’s original “5 over 1” housing blocks that first originated in LA. The student doesn’t reference this housing type, but the jury sees a visual link. | By creating a series of spaces that meander through public and private, Nadthachai used these modular units to break down the concept of a monolith and create unique aggregates that address an entire housing block.


Domum Level - $5000 Scholarship (Scholarship sponsored by DLR Group)
Street Tectonics
Athenna Lim | Cal Poly Pomona

Jury Notes:
Athenna interpreted the homeless tent as the modern-day primitive hut, using observed qualities of transient shelter to drive the mixed-use low-income housing. | The quality of the drawings struck the jury on this project, as well as the relevance of the program and the depth of the narrative. | The project is unwavering in its proposal that architecture is required to cultivate dignity and self-image for the city’s vulnerable population.


Locus Level - $2200 Scholarship
Black Beacon Spire
Daniel Silva | East Los Angeles College

Jury Notes:
Through his inspiration for set design, Daniel created a beautifully illustrated storyboard portraying how his design acts as both a gateway and beacon for the city. By grouping programs together and truly analyzing his context,  his project focused on bringing the community together in an innovative way.


Locus Level
 - $2200 Scholarship
Inside the Kaaba: An Exploration of Admittance
Eithar Alsayagh | Woodbury University - Interiors

Jury Notes:
This was a really interesting concept for AR application within an existing structure. Through techniques of visualization and superimposing a new layer of information, Eithar provides a way to access an exhibit any place in the world with inadmissible interiors. Very timely with our current situation.


Locus Level
 - $2200 Scholarship
Partially Similar: Lineaments
Ezinneka Emeh | Woodbury University

Jury Notes:
Ezinnika’s project is beautifully conceived and drawn. The last drawing is of particular interest because of the dynamic quality as a hybrid drawing: shadow, linework, form, poche, circulation is stunning. I look forward to following this person’s work in the very near future!


Locus Level
 - $2200 Scholarship
Urban Micro Units
Jong (Andrew) Oh and Daniel (Huicong) Yu | SCI Arc

Jury Notes:
Jong and Daniel’s project is typologically rigorous. JENNIFER: Andrew and Daniel’s project nicely balances between a slab building and a building that reads as aggregates. This alchemy of types also resolves the deep plan by introducing compelling voids at its center. It is clear this duo has wrestled with conceptual narrative and materiality in interesting ways.


Locus Level
 - $2200 Scholarship
Interpose
Josh Haag | Otis

Jury Notes:
Josh approached the adaptive reuse project by creating a modular system that significantly differed from the existing structure, altering the spatial qualities of the building. The project responds to the pandemic through modularity, which is timely.


Locus Level
 - $2200 Scholarship
Rethink Housing/Nurture Community Project
Selina Gottloeber | Pasadena City College

Jury Notes:
With a strong emphasis on community, Selina explored solutions that advocate for co living in a modern world. She drew inspiration from nature and healthy environments, and was mindful of our current situation with the pandemic. By creating a safe coliving situation, even down to the specific materials chosen for surfaces, this project reimagines what a co living home should look and feel like post COVID 19.


Locus Level
 - $2200 Scholarship
Swivilion
Stephen Curtiss | East LA College

Jury Notes:
The project has a strong relationship between the facade, form and structure. The student referenced ancestral heritage to derive the form into a compelling design that incorporates the cultural communities of the neighborhood.


CREDITS
PHOTO: Top Banner: Rendering by Ezinnika Emeh