“I think every intern has at least one really good story to tell about some unique experience, however small, that speaks volumes about the values of the architecture profession-and from which both their peers and elders have much to learn.”|
–Matt Ostanik, intern architect and ArchVoices Essay Competition Committee Chair
In an effort to showcase the writing skills of individual young professionals, as well as to learn from their experiences and insights as a group, we are pleased to announce the First Annual ArchVoices Essay Competition. The competition is made possible by the generous support of RTKL Associates, AIA Educator/Practitioner Network, Einhorn/Yaffee/Prescott, Gordon H. Chong & Partners, and Architectural Record.
This competition is intended to encourage, promote, and reward critical thinking and writing by young professionals. The structure and theme of the competition have been developed by a diverse group of interns who participated in the 2002 National Summit on Architectural Internship. Interns, non-registered architects, architecture school graduates, and students graduating in 2003 are eligible to enter.
Entrants have the opportunity to win several significant prizes, including:
— $981 cash award, equal to the cost taking the Architect Registration Examination (ARE);
— Macintosh iPod, compliments of Architosh;
— The Almanac of Architecture & Design, compliments of Greenway Consulting;
— Having their essay published in print and online, and their ideas discussed throughout the profession.
Young professionals should visit http://www.archvoices.org/competition and submit a 500-word essay proposal by March 14, 2003 reflecting on their daily experiences as interns. Selected semi-finalists will be invited to develop a 2,500-word essay further exploring the ideas from their first submittal. The competition website contains additional information on eligibility, submission guidelines, the competition calendar, frequently asked questions, and writing resources. Provocative essays contributed by Robert Ivy, FAIA, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, and Kirin Joya Makker, editor-in-chief of Crit, the journal of the AIAS, are also posted on the website.
Finalist essays will be reviewed by a distinguished jury composed of Betsey Olenick Dougherty, FAIA, partner of the firm Dougherty + Dougherty in Newport Beach, Calif.; Kristen Richards, editor-in-chief of ArchNewsNow.com and OCULUS, the journal of AIA New York; Kate Schwennsen, FAIA, 2003 AIA National Vice President and Associate Dean of the Iowa State University College of Design; and Alex Briseno, an intern architect and editor/publisher of 306090: A Journal of Emergent Architecture + Design.
The ArchVoices Essay Competition is a unique, meaningful opportunity for all young professionals, and we invite you to learn more by visiting http://www.archvoices.org/competition. And please, spread the word among your colleagues, friends, students, employees, and fellow interns.
We look forward to your participation.
“The ability to speak and write with clarity is essential if architects are to assume leadership in the social, political, and economic arenas where key decisions about the built environment are being made.”
–Ernest Boyer & Lee Mitgang, Building Community, p.80