Architecture Design Student Earns Kawneer/AIAS Competition Honors

Kyle PerryAlfred State student Kyle Perry, of Frewsburg, a third-year architectural technology student in the Department of Architecture and Design, has earned an honorable mention award and a cash prize of $500 for his outstanding architectural design entry in the 2012 AIAS/Kawneer “Enlightened Libraries” Competition. As a result of this honor, Perry’s entry will also receive national recognition alongside other entries in the competition as part of an exhibit at the 2013 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Denver, CO. The winning entries will also be featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Crit: The Journal of AIAS.

Open nationwide to students in architectural education programs from high school to undergraduate and graduate college and university levels, this prestigious annual competition attracted more than 200 entries in 2012. The program required the renovation of an existing public library in an economically distressed location, to illustrate the shift of libraries to more technology-delivered information and their increasingly acting as social hubs within communities. It also needed to utilize products by the competition’s sponsor, the Kawneer Company. An aluminum building products branch of the Alcoa Corporation, Kawneer has long been one of the leading innovators of high quality architectural glazing and curtainwall components throughout the world.

At Alfred State, the competition was undertaken as a studio project by three 3rd year studios in ARCH 5306, taught this spring by Professors Mary Golden, ASID; Richard T. Carlo, RA, AIA; and David I. Carli, RA, AIA. Perry was a student in Professor Carli’s studio group.

While the 2012 AIAS/Kawneer “Enlightened Libraries” Competition was a six-month long contest, the Alfred State students completed and submitted their entries in a 10-week studio schedule – a truly remarkable achievement. This year’s winners – half of them graduate students – came from institutions such as Clemson University, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Puerto Rico.

The site of Perry’s project is along the Genesee River in Rochester, NY, adjacent to the historic Rundel Memorial Library. His design for a new structure along the east side of the river includes dynamic, curvilinear volumes and large expanses of glass that are meant to recall the forms and appearance of the glaciers of the last Ice Age that had shaped the landscape of the Great Lakes region, 10,000 years ago. His entry (and those of the other winners) can be viewed at the AIAS website.

Perry is currently participating in the Department of Architecture and Design’s study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy, on the Bay of Naples. After completing his BS in architectural technology degree at Alfred State, he plans on earning a master of architecture degree and pursuing a career in the profession.