Winners of the eighth annual Sigmon Memorial Scholarship were announced on 18 October after a closed jury review of masonry design proposals in the Katherine Harper Hall gallery. The first-place winning team of Carson Chet and Peyton Leverette will split a semester tuition scholarship for the spring 2019 semester on the merit of their curvilinear design titled “Zen Facade.”
Sponsored by the North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association (NCMCA), this scholarship competition event affords Building Science students enrolled in TEC 4738 Architectural Design Studio III (Professor D. Jason Miller) and TEC 4778 Integrated Building Design and Construction (Professor Don Woodruff) an opportunity to design an innovative commercial building storefront using masonry products, means, and methods.
NCMCA President Kent Huntley of Huntley Brothers Company, Inc., and Past-President Bob Gates of Gates Construction Company, Inc., served as jurors for this year’s masonry-specific design challenge. These industry experts noted the creativity and imagination on display in the various design proposals, while also pointing out that the real challenge of designing well with masonry lies in the buildability of the assembly.
Fifteen proposals were created for the 2018 competition. Jesse Miner and Vadessa Risner were awarded second place with their proposal, “A Sharp Reveal,” while “Evolution Façade,” designed by the four-person team of Shane McDonough, Ryan McManus, Austin Moncrief, and Jared Moore brought home third place. Annika Davidson and Jackson Wemmitt received fourth place recognition for their cryptically titled, “Tension,” a multi-layered entry sequence.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
Note: image provided shows officials from NCMCA, faculty, and students involved in the competition.