FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Three University of Arkansas students in the Fay Jones School of Architecture created the three winning designs chosen from among 16 entries in the seventh annual Hnedak Bobo International Design Competition. The competition recognizes work done from international locales during the Fay Jones School’s study abroad programs.
Colby Ritter, a fifth-year student from Joplin, Missouri, won the Award of Excellence and a $3,000 prize for a design created during his required study abroad semester at the University of Arkansas Rome Center.
Kyle Marsh, a fifth-year student from Little Rock, and James Vo, a fifth-year student from Fort Smith, each won an Award of Merit and a $1,000 prize for designs they created in Rome.
The $5,000 in total prize money was awarded by Hnedak Bobo Group, the Memphis, Tennessee, architecture firm that also helped judge the submissions. Mark Weaver, a partner and principal architect with the firm and a 1982 graduate of the Fay Jones School, coordinated the competition. Allison Graham, a recruiter for Hnedak Bobo Group, joined Weaver at the Nov. 19 awards ceremony in the Young Gallery of Vol Walker Hall, followed by a lunch hosted by the firm.
“Each year that we award this scholarship, we see greater intensity and ingenuity in the students’ process of arriving at a solution and explaining their concept,” said Weaver, who is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. “The jury was extremely impressed with the depth of research in the urban environments presented in this year’s submissions.”
“We were very pleased to see such a high level of conceptual design thinking develop into thoughtful, contextual final solutions. The ideas expressed were effectively presented through well-developed design sketches and modeling,” he said.
Faculty members leading the study abroad studios were Chuck Rotolo and Russell Rudzinski in Mexico, and Davide Vitale, Francesco Bedeschi, Riccardo d’Aquino, Nick de Pace and Scott Finn in Rome.
This marks the seventh year that the firm has sponsored the International Design Competition Scholarship in the Fay Jones School. “Our commitment to enriching the life experience of emerging design talent is stronger than ever,” Weaver said. “We see the urban environments that U of A students travel to, such as Mexico City and Rome, as some of the most incredible, immersive learning experiences imaginable. As a firm, HBG is thrilled to be able to support professional and personal growth through travel.”