UNA Students Places Third in Nationwide Design Competition

By  | August 19, 2019 | Filed under: News

FLORENCE – A group of University of North Alabama Interior Architecture and Design students have placed third in the Design and Build program, a national collegiate design competition implemented by the Museum of Outdoor Arts, a Colorado-based nonprofit arts organization. The win comes with a $1,000 prize.


“Being able to compete in the Design and Build competition was an amazing opportunity,” said Callie Kramer, the group leader for the UNA students that also included Brittany Burkett, Peyton Clemmer, Crystal Henry, and Faith Watts.

“Many times, as designers, we are given the shell of a building, and we must work within those confines,” Kramer said. “With this project, we were given the opportunity to push our ideas and our design beyond the typical structure. As we were designing this project, we wanted to create not only an environment that would be welcoming for people to come and create art but also involve an entire community in the project.”

The Design and Build competition challenged university students across the country to create a makerspace influenced by tactical urbanism. Makerspaces are those places that encourage creation and ideation. Tactical urbanism offers an opportunity to make a small area of the built environment more enjoyable. Further, teams were required to merge these concepts into a pop-up space, sculpture, or installation of less than 500 square feet that would offer communities the opportunity to create something.

The UNA students used recyclable materials to create panels as part of their competition entry; each panel could be customized by the residents of the community, city, or state in which they’re located and become urban art installations. The panels bring attention to recycling as well as serve as a means to liven up the area and bring multi-generational involvement to a single cause.

“We are very proud of the ideas that all of our students produced,” said Kendra McLain, an assistant professor of Interior Architecture and Design. “This competition gave them the opportunity to consider how to invite community participation through a sustainable, creative experience. We have a wonderful group of talented, creative students. They appreciate

challenges that push their boundaries, and they always rise to the occasion. It’s fun to celebrate accomplishments like this with them.”

Media Release/Michelle Eubanks
Interim Associate Director
University Communications & Marketing/UNA

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