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NSAD Team Wins “Most Adaptable Structure” at Cal Poly Design Village Competition
5/4/2012

NSAD teams once again take top honors in annual event

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NSAD winning team members from the 2012 Cal Poly Design Village competition are (left to right) Antonio Barragan, Ramiro Martinez, Gonzalo Hernandez, Luis Valdovinos.

San Diego—May 4, 2012—A team of NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) students won the award for “Most Adaptable Structure” for their cube-based design during the Cal Poly Design Village competition in San Luis Obispo April 13–15, which drew a total of 50 student teams. Another NSAD team received an honorable mention for their bamboo structure. The school’s teams have traditionally obtained high rankings in the annual event.

The Design Village competition challenges students to develop structures that are not only unique, but that are also portable and habitable—a task requiring a mastery of form and function that is emphasized throughout the NSAD curriculum. Students developed their designs during the winter quarter under the guidance of NSAD instructors, incorporating the competition’s theme of “Metamorphosis” with an emphasis on adaptable architecture and flexibility in design. NSAD team members who won for “Most Adaptable Structure” were Luis Valdovinos, Ramiro Martinez, Gonzalo Hernandez and Antonio Barragan.

This was the fifth time in the past six years that NSAD teams returned with one of the top prizes, though NSAD faculty advisor Hussein Munaim said the school’s winning tradition goes back even further. Munaim first got NSAD students involved in the competition in 1995, and this year five NSAD teams attended the competition with Munaim. NSAD instructors who made the competition the focus of their Winter Quarter class were: Michael Riggin, Patrick Shields, Keith Muller, Mark Clowdus, Hector Perez and Casey Mahon.

For 2012, the competition awarded titles in five categories and five honorable mentions were also named. Members of the NSAD team that received an honorable mention for their bamboo structure were Daniel Romo, Mohamed Jarrar, Nelson Martinez, William N. Dunstan III and Fernando Gomez.

The NSAD team that won for “Most Adaptable Structure” built their project with 65 blocks made out of light Masonite. Each block was hand-sewn with hemp and had asymmetrical sides in the shape of a diamond, a square, a triangle and a shield. Plastic bands were used to link blocks. “The idea was that with these combinations you could build this structure in many different ways, depending on the need and site characteristics,” said Valdovinos, who is in NSAD’s Bachelor of Architecture program. For the competition, students must carry the structure materials three-quarters of a mile, build the structure on site, and then live in it for three days and two nights.

The original team-members who developed the design concept in Mahon’s class that later won the “Most Adaptable Structure” award were: Anthony Salamone , Arnulfo Rodriguez, Jonathan Chau, and Ramiro Martinez. Since most of the team didn’t pursue the project after the class was over, original team member Ramiro Martinez recruited Valdovinos, Hernandez and Barragan to become familiar with the design and bring it to the competition.

Updated7/27/2012 to identify all the NSAD class instructors, and the original team of students who developed the winning design as their class project.

About NewSchool of Architecture and Design
NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), founded in 1980, is located in San Diego, California. NSAD is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. NSAD’s Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NSAD also offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Construction Management and a Master of Science in Architecture. NSAD was ranked among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western United States, according to the DesignIntelligence report “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012.” For more information, visit http://www.newschoolarch.edu/.

A team of students developed the initial design concept that later won an award at the competition. Those students were Anthony Salamone , Arnulfo Rodriguez Jonathan Chau, and Ramiro Martinez. Since most of the team didn’t pursue the project after the class was over, original team member Ramiro Martinez recruited three students to bring the design to the competition, and those students were part of the team that won for “Most Adaptable Structure.”

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