Apr 29th 2018

IIT Architecture Students Receive CSI & HACIA Scholarships

Four IIT Architecture Students have been awarded scholarships from the CSI Chicago Chapter and HACIA. 

The Chicago Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) tasks applicants with authoring an explanatory narrative text on their design process, intended to explore how different factors influenced their material choices in regards to the building envelope. 
This year's recipients are HyunHee Park (B.Arch), Amjad Alkoud (PhD program), and Minsung Kim (B.Arch).

HyunHee Park used keys from existing pathways on the site to create movement and responded to the natural elements of the area by allowing them to inform her material selection. According to the judges, her understanding and expert use of cross-laminated timber construction and the detailed execution of connecting materials made her project a standout.

Amjad Alkoud was selected for his in depth understanding of passive heating and cooling strategies, as his project implemented and tested several methodologies. The project  was selected for its careful attention to building envelope sections, assembly details, and materiality. 

Minsung Kim utilized a unique design to connect vertically oriented parts of Chicago with a horizontal ‘long-rise’. The selection of materials and the points of connection both within the project, and within the city, were considered in his selection.

The Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) Scholarship & Education Foundation awarded scholarships to eight deserving students studying in the construction field at their 39th Annual Awards Banquet Held at the Chicago Hilton on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. One of the recipients was Efrain Juarez (B.Arch). His interest in pursuing architecture comes from his passion in problem solving. His work investigates how architects and designers use architectural practices to find solutions that address social issues like gentrification, public housing, environmental and sustainability.