High School Design Competition

Keene State College Architecture Department

2013 DONORS:
Dale Doller AIA, Lavallee Brensinger Architects
Shannon Alther AIA, TMS Architects
Sheldon Pennoyer AIA, Sheldon Pennoyer Architects
Wayne B. Geher, Nathan Wechsler & Company
Karolina Burtt AIA, The Architectural Studio
Matthew Lawton Assoc. AIA, AG Architects

Liz Olver, Office Resources Inc.
Katie Sutherland AIA, Daniel V. Scully Architects

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The AIANH High School Design Competition consists of designing a specific project, which changes every year. The program requires students to work on a theoretical project throughout the school year under the guidance of their instructors. AIANH volunteer architects visit the schools when possible to give critiques before the submissions are due. The program involves a design solution, a three-dimensional model, and a graphic plan of the project. Students have designed a Sustainable Youth Education Pavilion for a fictitious America’s Cup in Portsmouth, NH; a Sustainable Living and Innovation Center; a Performing Arts Center; and a Youth Enrichment Center dedicated to the development of alternative studies for high school students.  

Objectives of the High School Design Competition program are to increase awareness of the relationships between space, human scale and function; gain experience in recognizing the various challenges in planning and designing indoor and outdoor spaces for specific uses; exercise analytical abilities and creativity in solving the problems; and gain experience in communicating planning and design ideas using scale drawings and models.

The competition gives students a fun opportunity to develop these skills and to learn about the various aspects of planning and design.

All New Hampshire high school students are encouraged to participate. Students can work individually or in teams of up to three students. Top winners receive cash awards to help with their college education.

2014 Competition

The 2014 competition is to design a Submarine History Center at Albacore Park in Portsmouth, NH. This history center will be designed for the continued display of the USS Albacore, serve as a vessel to honor submarine history in New England, and display many unique Naval artifacts. For the benefit of students who enter the competition, an optional visit to Albacore Park is available to tour the submarine. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the site for these visits, where an AIANH volunteer and Albacore Park representatives will provide a tour and information. The dates are December 14 at 2 pm and January 25 at 1 pm. If you plan to attend one of these site visits, please inform the AIANH office, office@aianh.org, so we can plan accordingly. Admission for students and parents will be free.

Teachers are required to register students for the competition by January 17, 2014. The registration form is in the Information Packet (below). An AIANH architect will visit each school that is participating to outline the program and answer questions. The due date for submissions is April 18, 2014. Submissions will be on exhibit at the TDS Center, Keene State College in late April or early May, and the winning projects will be announced at an AIANH Chapter meeting at KSC. The top two winners in three categories will receive cash prizes.

2014 High School Design Competition Information Packet: includes introduction, educational objectives, participation requirements, building program and area needs, submission requirements, registration form, photos of some of the artifacts.
Albacore Site Plan: Base Plan
Albacore Site Plan: Existing
DWG files: 2012 and 2007

Results from Prior Years:

2012-2013 AIANH High School Design Competition Results

2011-2012 AIANH High School Design Competition Results

2010-2011 AIANH High School Design Competition Results /
See online press

2009-2010 AIANH High School Design Competition Results

2008-2009 AIANH High School Design Competition Results