ANCHORAGE - Louanne Lumbab, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, recently won second place in the Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' 2008 Frank Maier High School Design Competition.
Lumbab, who won $250, created a high school design plan under the guidance of instructor Craig Mapes. Other JDHS students who entered were Kevin Craig, Josiah Ewing, Becca Freer, Joe Funk, Runa Skeie, Clarissa Suson and Evan Wood.
The Frank Maier High School Design Competition is an annual architectural design challenge that asks high school students to provide design solutions for a specified design challenge.
This year, 18 students from six schools provided plans that addressed the space program needs of a hypothetical air taxi facility in rural Alaska. Entries were judged by a panel of AIA-AK members.
"The AIA Alaska Chapter was really impressed with the caliber of planning and design submitted this year. This kind of quality is a real tribute to the teachers and schools that make this program possible," AIA-AK Judge Steve Kushner said.
The high school design competition was founded in 1965 by Juneau architect Frank Maier, who managed the program for its first 20 years. Following his death in 1991, the AIA-AK elected to name the competition in his honor. Now, in its 43rd year, the competition continues to expose Alaska high school students to the architectural profession.
Other awards were as follows: First place, a $350 award, went to Luke Engvall, of Kodiak High School. Engvall's instructor is Barry Altenhof. Third place, $150, went to Josephine Cooper, of Kodiak High School. Fourth place, $100, went to Jonathan Macy, of Mat-Su Career & Technical High School. His instructor is Roy Baxter.
For 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. The Alaska Chapter of the AIA was established in 1961.
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