Two McGill student teams win prizes in CCA Charrette

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Published: 21Nov2018

Two McGill student teams have won prizes in the annual Canadian Centre for Architecture’s Interuniversity Charrette 2018. One team composed of M.Arch. students won Second Place for their submission Retrofitting Suburbia: Andrée-Anne Théorêt, Nancy Elias, and Rosalyn Dunkley. And a team composed of undergraduate students won the Public Choice award for Occupy the Ceiling: Claire Wang, Ankit Gongal, Jeth Guerrero, and Thomas Zhang.

For the 23rd edition of the annual competition, which was titled Housing One by One, students from various design disciplines were challenged to unite prefabrication and architecture by inventing an adaptable construction kit that addresses the need for affordable housing. Participants were asked to choose a specific site that was already familiar to them, and were encouraged to develop projects that activate unused urban or suburban spaces, creating new density patterns for existing neighbourhoods. The objective: envisage how a basic one-square-metre unit could be developed to result in diverse housing patterns.

The design competition took place from 8 to 15 November 2018, and was organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Université du Québec à Montréal, in collaboration with McGill University and Université de Montréal, and with the participation of Concordia University, Université Laval, Carleton University, Ryerson University, the University of Waterloo, Laurentian University, and the University of Toronto. An accomplished jury that included architects, journalists, and researchers evaluated proposals submitted by 42 teams composed of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates. Jury members were: Alexandre Blouin (Founding Principal Blouin Tardif, OAQ, OAA, MIRAC), Andréanne Chevalier (Journalist, Le Devoir), Koen De Winter (Associate Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal), Roger-Bruno Richard (Architect and Professor, Université de Montréal), Theodora Vardouli (Assistant Professor, Peter Guo-hua School of Architecture, McGill University).

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