Six Georgia Tech Architecture Students Receive Architecture MasterPrize Awards

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The Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) is a program designed to advance the worldwide appreciation for architecture by honoring architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture designs. This year, six Georgia Tech School of Architecture students received AMP awards in the categories of mixed-use architecture, small architecture, and installation and structures.

Master of Architecture (M.Arch) student, Clay Kiningham, won in the categories of Miscellaneous Architecture, Mixed Use Architecture, and Green Architecture with his project Fourth and Foundry–Timber Housing Towers in South Boston. This project serves as a prototype for the future of sustainable timber cities. In the Spring 2019 semester, Kiningham’s project also received the Portman Studio Prize, a competition studio supported by Portman Architects.

Emily Wirt (M.Arch ’19) also placed in the Mixed Use Architecture category. Wirt’s project titled, “Pockets” was designed during her final Design + Research studio. “Pockets are surprising gathering spaces created through simple means,” aaid Wirt. “Moments of exception are embedded within a dense mixed-use building grid, raveling through channels of light, sound, and air.”

Also among the winners from Georgia Tech, Yevgenia (Jane) Ilyasova (Bachelor of Science in Architecture ’19) received an award in the landscape architecture category for Installations and Structures. Ilyasova’s project, “Theater of the Landscape” created a site on Angel Island that would memorialize Asian immigration from around 1890, when they were tragically kept in barracks as they awaited citizenship before being turned away. The new sanctuary would highlight its past while providing a refuge for new and future citizens. Ilyasova is currently pursuing her Master of Architecture degree at Princeton University.

Rachel Cloyd (M.Arch ’19) won in the Small Architecture category with her project titled, “Transform.” Cloyd’s project was designed in Georgia Tech’s Thomas W. Ventulett Chair, Débora Mesa’s Design and Research studio in the Fall 2018 semester, which challenged students to look at the Atlanta Beltline and prototype architectures that influence the debate about contemporary urban values and spaces. Cloyd’s project looked how transportation infrastructure could fulfill another purpose.

M.Arch student, Michael Koliner, also won in the Small Architecture category as well as in the Miscellaneous Architecture category with his Inflatable Tensegrity Structures project. Koliner worked alongside Georgia Tech’s first Ventulett NEXT Fellow, Jonathan Dessi-Olive, part-time lecturer and senior principal with Uzun+Case, Jim Case, and structural engineer with Uzun+Case, Vinay Teja Meda. In early October 2019, this project presented at the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures Conference in Barcelona, Spain with a pavilion-scale inflatable-tensegrity-structure. 

B.S. in Architecture senior, Jamieson Pye, received an honorable mention in Landscape Architecture in the Installation and Structures category. Pye said that his project was inspired by work from Ensamble Studio. Pye’s project titled, “Incision…a journey through space and time” represents a story of rediscovery by the using discarded, excavated remains of natural terrain to create a new island.

Check out the winning student projects here.


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