The Architectural Glass Institute (AGI) sponsored its Third Annual Architectural Glass Student Design Competition in January. Third-year Jefferson University architecture and industrial design students participated as part of required coursework.
Students were challenged to design a parking area screen for a new development at 1 Kelly Drive in East Falls. The design solution would incorporate architectural glass, metal panels, and lighting technology (including programmable lighting effects that could change over time). Approximately 200 feet long by 12 feet high, the street-facing screen needed to provide visual interest with controlled illumination, but had to consider nearby traffic and not create a distraction.
Intended to be a permanent structure, prefabricated off-site before installation, the structure must be designed to survive weather conditions, withstand gravity, use low-maintenance materials, and be robust enough to take a reasonable amount of physical abuse at the ground level of a building in Philadelphia. Students were encouraged to explore qualities of glass and metal panels, considering color, translucency, applied fritting, films, or graphic designs on the wall surfaces. They could also incorporate leading-edge products such as photochromic glass.
Submissions included brief narratives and detailed drawings presented on single 24-by-36-inch posters. Faculty reviewed and shortlisted finalists for presentations. The jury of design and glazing professionals evaluated the proposals and awarded three winners and three honorable mentions.
The jury included Joseph Bausano, Associate with architecture firm Foster + Partners; Matt Cleary, Territory Manager for SageGlass®, an advanced dynamic glass product of Saint-Gobain; Mike Dalicandro, Owner of AGI member contractor Twindows, Inc.; Erike De Veyra, Assoc. AIA, Community Outreach and Programs Manager of the Center/Architecture+Design and AIA Philadelphia; and Ron Kudla, President of AGI member glazing contractor Advanced Glass & Metal, LLC.
“This competition pushes our students to gain knowledge of glazing systems and challenges them to create innovative designs,” explained Professor and Director of Architecture Programs James Doerfler. “Opportunities like this are great for our students,” added Studio Coordinator Jeff Kansler. “Any time they can connect to industry, engage with individuals in a client role, and work with real-world constraints, it adds an extra dimension to the academic experience and expands the range of learning outcomes in a typical academic studio.”
Juror De Veyra agreed. “As an alumna, it’s mind-blowing to know the university has come so far to truly connect with the industry as a whole,” said De Veyra. “To see the program and relationships that have evolved, it’s truly fantastic to see how all of us connect in the creation of our built environment. I’m deeply appreciative of what you have given to our design community.”
Emily Potenza took first place and earned a prize of $500 for her concept “Bringing Back the Falls.” Cevan Noell took second place and $400 for “Fractured.” Kaitlyn Cusumano earned third place and $300 for “Hive.” Three honorable mentions were awarded to Ronaldo Desiderio, Dennis McWeeney, and Sal Armetta.
# # #