A team consisting of Architecture graduate students K. Matt Teti and L. Katy Kiang and Architecture undergraduate students Stacy Goodman and Elizabeth Gutierrez led by Assistant Professor Dana Gulling won first place at the national NCMA Unit Design Competition. The competition is sponsored by the National Concrete Masonry Association’s Education and Research Foundation.
The School of Architecture’s ARC 232 Structures and Materials course has been participating in the annual competition for over 15 years. In recent years, NC State has been placing at the national level including last year’s third place finish after Georgia Tech and University of Southern California. This year, NC State was able to dethrone Georgia Tech who won previously for three years in a row.
Prior to joining the Architecture faculty in 2012, Professor Gulling was at the University of New Mexico and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She has over seven years of teaching experience and research in the area of building technology and design.
Gulling says, “I am very proud of the students and all of their hard work. The students submitted a wonderful design proposal and gave an excellent presentation at the NCMA conference. Also, I would like to thank (Professor of Architecture) Pat Rand and Frank Werner (local sponsor with Adams an Oldcastle company) for the feedback that they gave to the students during the design process.”
Featured photo: William Holden, Chairman of NCMA Education and Research Foundation; Dana K. Gulling, NC State University Assistant Professor; Stacy Goodman and Elizabeth Gutiérrez (undergraduate students); K. Matt Teti and L. Katy Liang (graduate students); and Frank Werner, local sponsor with Oldcastle. Photo courtesy of Bob Thomas, NCMA President.
The graduate and undergraduate students in Assistant Professor of Architecture Dana K. Gulling’s ARC232: Structures and Materials course participated in the NCSU College of Design’s and Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association’s (CCMA) Blockfest and Student Design Competition on Saturday, April 21, 2012. In teams of four, students participated in one of two categories. The teams either designed a new concrete masonry unit or they designed and constructed a dry-stacked, masonry wall.
The event was sponsored by Carolinas Concrete Masonry Association (CCMA), Johnson Concrete Company, and Adams Products/Oldcastle.
The competition jury included Elizabeth KoleppMayer, architect with BBH Design; Darrell Hinshaw, mason contractor at Stonemakers by Popes Mansonry; Brandon Moore, landscape architect with The Site Group; and Frank Werner, manufacturing representative with Adams Products. The jurors awarded prizes based on the use of modular coordination, innovation, and technical proficiency, and craftsmanship.
The winning teams are:
First Place: $250 – “Opacity” by Samantha Thimsen, Stephen Killian, David Ji, and David Gallo
Second Place: $150 – “Lightwall” by Alex Backeris, Jackson Wall, Jeremy Alford, and David Koontz
Third Place: $100 – “Blockocracy” by Rachel Gonsalez, Kaisey Brown, and Karen Creech
Fourth Place: $50—“Stepwall” by Hannah Atkinson, Katie Johnson, Rachel Steinsberger, and Amanda Tan
Concrete Masonry Unit Design
First Place: $250—Katy Liang, Matt Teti, Elizabeth Gutierrez, and Stacy Goodman
The winning team in the Unit Design competition will continue to the national level and compete against designs developed by other universities’ students.