2018 Emerging Professionals Design Competition

2018 Jurors

Jon Allard, Assoc. AIA, EPN Chair
Susan Phillips-Hungerford, Assoc. AIA
Veronica Carter, Professor of Civil and Structural Engineering from NHTI

The AIANH Emerging Professionals Design Competition (formerly the AIANH Intern/Young Architect Design Competition) was created in 2003 to provide an opportunity for interns and young architectural professionals to strengthen their design skills, gain recognition, and assist a community with their design challenges. It is open to all architectural interns and architects within five years of registration living or working in New England. Participants do not need to be members of AIA.

2018 Competition Results

The 2018 design competition is centered around the current events involving the recent devastations due to various hurricanes and tropical storms. Although, New England is not generally known for being in a “disaster zone,” the possibility is still there. The focused location will be Old Harbor Waterfront in Portsmouth NH. Portsmouth NH is home to many businesses, both large and small, as well as over 21,000 residents. Recent initiatives have focused on bringing more affordable housing to the city of Portsmouth, and trying to keep people; working, playing and living…in Portsmouth. When the population of any city is increased, there is an increased need for protection if anything were to happen, that way the city will be more prepared. The competition will focus on Housing Resiliency while creating a Disaster-Resilient Community.

Scroll below to view the 2018 winners. 

Past Design Award Winners:

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First Place
Bow Street Apartments and Community Center

Brian Creamer

Jury Comments: This submission’s development plan focused on empowering and celebrating the artisans, architecture and context that exists in downtown Portsmouth. The jury found that the repurposing of an existing building along with the components of Resiliency and Sustainability is what makes this a great design. This submission’s main focus was resilience, whether it was disaster resilience, social resilience or health resilience, it was apparent that it was community driven. Affordable housing along with, maker-space, health clinic, green spaces, disaster relief master plan and sustainable living… gives this submission the cohesive design that the jury was looking for.

Second Place
Resilient Development for Old Harbor
Kim McCarthy AIA, Lavallee Brensinger Architects

Jury Comments: The jury found this submission’s cohesive design and attention to detail, rather unique. What intrigued us the most was the Tiny house living concept could be used both for affordable housing and emergency shelters. The modular design of the shipping containers along with garden spaces, green roof systems and solar arrays allow these communities to remain self sufficient even in a disaster.

Third Place

Caroline Morel, Dennis. Mires, P.A., The Architects

Jury Comments: This submission’s unique approach to Modular Urban Dwellings along with a Coastal Resilience Initiative, gave the jury something to talk about. The designer focused on the rising sea levels overtime and how the city could mitigate the effects of it. These M U D’s would be erected at the edge of advancing wetlands and ultimately carried to a new location via a “MUD HOPPER” in the event a disaster occurred. A true innovation to modular design.