perFORM 2015 Design Competition Picks Up Steam – Deadline June 19

perFORM 2015, our second annual building design competition, appears to be capturing the attention of North America’s emerging architectural professionals. Six weeks out from the June 19th submission deadline, registrations for this year’s competition are more than double last year’s at the same stage.

“We’re excited to see the great response,” said H&H’s Sam Hagerman. “We started the competition to encourage architecture students and interns to explore the nexus between high performance building and high design, and this year’s zero energy, medium-rise building typology seems to have really struck a chord.”

perFORM 2015 challenges architecture students and interns to design a zero energy, multifamily, mixed use building in Portland, Oregon. The competition’s design site is a new parcel of real estate in inner NE Portland created by the removal of a portion of NE Sandy Boulevard.

Architectural students and interns based in the United States and Canada are eligible to compete, either as individuals or as part of a team. A jury of design professionals and educators, headed up by Prof. Peter Keyes of the University of Oregon, will judge the entries based on the criteria of resourcefulness, replicability, and beauty. The jury will distribute $6,000 in prize money among competition winners.

One sign that perFORM 2015 has gained traction is the fact that the competition’s design problem is being used by architectural educators as a teaching tool.

“We’re particularly excited to see perFORM 2015 being featured in design studio coursework at the university level,” said Sam. “Faculty from the University of Oregon, University of Idaho, University of Arkansas and several other schools have incorporated the competition into their studios.”

The perFORM 2015 jury will deliberate in July and announce winners later this summer. View last year’s winning entries.

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