Kawneer Demonstrates Commitment to Next Generation of Architects through University Partnerships and Annual Student Design Competition


As part of our ongoing dedication to educating the future generation of architects and design professionals, we are working diligently to engage with students nationwide through partnerships with several universities and student architect organizations. Some of our many partnerships involve university organizations that work to match architectural and design students with community needs. These include:

Auburn University’s Rural Studio. Kawneer works with Auburn University’s Rural Studio, part of the School of Architecture, to improve the living conditions in rural Alabama. The studio’s current project, paid for by donations and grants from Kawneer and other partners, is a Town Hall that was designed and built by students.


Studio 804, Inc. In Kansas, Kawneer is partnering with Studio 804, Inc., a non-profit providing real-world design opportunities for students entering the final year of their Master of Architecture program. This year’s Galileo Pavilion project, on the Johnson County Community College campus, was designed by students to incorporate sustainable, affordable and inventive building solutions.


Purdue University. At Indiana’s Purdue University, Kawneer is involved with a multi-faceted research project that includes monitored research pods, Zero Energy Building conference sponsorship and 24/7 sensor supported monitoring of classrooms in the new Ray Herrick Living Labs building expansion. Ray W. Herrick Laboratories is a hub of industry-oriented research in areas ranging from advanced automotive technologies to “smart” buildings.


Façade Masters Program. Kawneer is also a supporting sponsor of the Facade Masters program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta near Kawneer’s Norcross, Georgia headquarters. This ongoing project is a pioneering effort from Professor Minjung Maing, whose research includes the linkage of building facade manufacturing to design and execution.


In addition to these university partnerships, Kawneer sponsors an annual student design competition, which is administered by The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). The competition, now in its seventh year, encourages design and architecture students to learn about building systems and sustainable technologies by designing a specific facility that addresses each year’s theme. This year’s contest theme challenges students to design a high-tech library that is an effectively urbanized, collaborative community space appealing to all generations and integrating the most recent technologies, and to have their work judged by industry leaders. Visit kawneer.aias.org for more information about the 2012 Student Design Competition.


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