Oklahoma State University architecture team wins regional design competition

The teams had just 16 hours to develop their designs for a downtown Oklahoma City elementary school.
by Kathryn McNutt Published: December 1, 2013
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They were challenged with designing a new elementary school in downtown Oklahoma City, based on a real project under construction at Sheridan and Walker avenues.

One of the jury members was Joe Pierce, principal of John W. Rex Elementary School, who gave the teams insight into the needs of the school in its unique context, Seitsinger said.

Two teams from OSU competed with two from the University of Oklahoma and one each from Kansas State University, Drury University and the University of Nebraska.

Each team was housed in an architectural firm. The host firm could give students some critiques, but the faculty couldn't be involved, Seitsinger said.

Architectural Design Group hosted the winning team.

“We camped out there all day,” Williams said.

The support in terms of resources, food and mid-afternoon critiques was very helpful, she said.

The team was awarded $1,000 to split among the members, and the School of Architecture will host the trophy until next year's competition.

“How strong the entries were speaks highly of architectural education in our region,” Seitsinger said.

by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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