Student Design Competition: Call for Entries

Student Design Competition

Our world has shifted. Just over a year ago, campuses across the U.S. shuttered in response to an epidemic that disproportionately impacted vulnerable pockets of our population: the elderly, the disabled, those with compromised immune systems, and underserved racial and ethnic group groups. With the pandemic because the backdrop, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, et al. focused another spotlight on the racism and police brutality that has pervaded society within the us it’s jarred us aware of systemic inequities and highlighted disparities within our communities. College students were, and still are, at the forefront of a wave of individuals demanding justice and lasting change.

Increasingly, students seeking education are non-traditional: minorities, working adults, immigrants, first-generation students, part-time students, and students with physical, social, and emotional learning differences. As our learning spaces grow more racially diverse, socio-economic disparities are widening on our college campuses. Institutions are scrutinizing their policies and subtle structural inequalities. Concerns around admission, aid access, and therefore the controversy over the origins of standardized testing are swirling. Institutions have recently opened Wellness Centers to deal with both the physical and emotional needs of scholars . Schools are working to carve out space and assistance for college kids with neurodiversities. Schools have renamed buildings to get rid of mentions of Confederate sympathizers and have created memorials to acknowledge the contribution of enslaved laborers. Additionally, many institutions have conducted ADA accessibility evaluations to know how students with physical disabilities navigate their campus environments. there’s a real urgency and call to action to make inclusive and equitable spaces in education .

Architects, planners, and designers contribute to the material of an area . We create campus spaces where students learn, grow, and find out their authentic voices as citizens of society. A physical commitment to equitable and inclusive environments fosters integrity and student success. Creating an equitable environment involves careful consideration of furnishings, environmental factors, and identity to nurture a way of belonging and authenticity. What values can we instill in our work to contribute to a more welcoming, inclusive, and thriving place for college kids to learn?

Title : Student Design Competition: involve Entries

Type : Competition Announcement (Student Competitions)

Organizers : Shannon Dowling | Society of school and University Planners

Registration Deadline : June 22, 2021 11:00 PM

Submission Deadline : June 22, 2021 12:00 AM

Venue : Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, Virginia, and West Virginia

Price : Free

Country Restrictions : United States

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