By Kelly Borglum

CLEMSON — Two Clemson University graduate students in architecture had winning designs in the national AIAS/Kawneer Enlightening Libraries Competition.

Laura Boykin of Columbus, Ga., won first place and Sam Pruitt of Fort Mill won third place for their design proposals for a library in Pendleton. Their winning entries will be displayed at the 2013 AIA (American Institute of Architects) Convention and Design Exposition in Denver in June and at the AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) Forum 2013 in Chicago Dec. 29, 2013-Jan. 1, 2014. They also will be published in the spring 2013 issue of Crit: Journal of the AIAS.   

Boykin’s design, titled “Mediascape: An Enlightened Library for Pendleton, SC,” featured a media center with a transparent exterior designed to connect the outside community with the interior library, which also doubled as a community center. The design included sustainable architectural features and engaged the area’s history and rural landscape.

Pruitt was awarded third place for his design titled “Hyperlocal.” It focused on meeting the needs of the physical, natural surroundings as well as the learning needs of the Pendleton community. The design sectioned the library into four platforms that were terraced into the hillside as a response to the local topography.

The national competition challenged students to redesign a dated library, emphasizing sustainability, education and community. Students were encouraged to make use of Kawneer products that would facilitate green designs, such as natural ventilation and daylighting. Projects were evaluated based on original, unique and innovative design aesthetic as well as clarity and comprehensibility of the design.

Ufuk Ersoy, an assistant professor of architecture at Clemson, was the faculty adviser for this competition.

“In their library project, Laura and Sam took on a difficult paradoxical architectural problem: building a public library of the future for the historic town of Pendleton,” said Ersoy. “Their inventive interpretation of the library in view of contemporary information technology along with their unorthodox approach to the historic site distinguished their projects and represented a truly remarkable achievement.”

The design competition was sponsored by Kawneer and administered by the American Institute of Architecture Students.

Other Clemson students’ award-winning work will be on display at the AIA Convention in Denver in June. The previously announced winners include:

  • Merit awards in the AARP/AIAS Aging in Place Kitchen Design Competition for third-year undergraduate students Nick Tafel, Edgar Mozo, Joel Pominville, David Herrero for their project, “A Kitchen Alive;” and to Diane Rosch for her project “Centre.” Both projects were completed under the guidance of professor Annemarie Jacques.
  • Honorable Mention for Master of Architecture student Jingjie Zhao, with professor Keith Green as studio instructor, in the ACSA Steel Design Competition of a Culinary Arts College.
  • Winning project by Caitlin Ranson and Dianah Katzenberger (both Clemson 2012 master’s degree recipients) with professor Ulrike Heine as studio instructor, in the ACSA Sustainable Lab Competition.
  • Winning project of the South Region by Nick Barrett and Sam Pruitt with Heine as faculty adviser, in the 2011-2012 The Sustainable Home, A Habitat for Humanity Student Design Competition.


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