Forsyth Tech Architecture and Interior Design Teams Earn Top Honors in State Competition for Fifth Straight Year

For the fifth year in a row, two teams of students from Forsyth Tech’s Architecture and Interior Design programs have earned top honors in the 2016 Natural Talent Design Competition hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council NC. The competition, which took place in Raleigh last month, attracted students from both two- and four-year colleges, including NC A&T University and East Carolina University.

This year’s project focused on the design of a new Charter High School (through a partnership with Kaleidoscope High School) on 8½ acres in Wake County, which included 39,000 square feet of interior instructional spaces and 10,000 square feet of exterior spaces. Teams were asked to develop a sustainable approach to site development, including parking for 350 cars, student drop-off areas, exterior green spaces as well as the architecture and design of a new facility guided by trends in K-12 education, the LEED rating system, and the principles of the Living Building Challenge. Students started work on the project in early January and completed their entries in mid-April.

Members of Forsyth Tech’s winning teams and their home towns are listed under the respective team photos below. The students come from Winston-Salem, Lewisville, Kernersville, Lexington, Walkertown and Greensboro.

“Both teams worked extremely hard on this project,” says Mack Todd Shoaf, Architecture program coordinator. “The Natural Talent Design Competition projects always challenge our students with real-world scenarios that let them apply their skills in a way that gives them hands-on work experience before they graduate and a great work sample to include in their student portfolios.”

“One of the biggest lessons the students take away from this project is learning to be part of a team,” adds Gisele Taylor Wells, program coordinator for Interior Design. “Design doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  Learning to be a valuable member of a team will serve them well over the course of their careers.”

Winning Entries to Be Displayed at June 16 Open House

The Architecture and Interior Design programs will hold an open house for the public on Thursday, June 16 from 5-7 pm, to showcase the students’ winning projects. Representatives from the local branch of USGBC-NC will also participate in this event, which will be held on Forsyth Tech’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway, on the top floor of Snyder Hall.

Forsyth Tech has invited all of the teams/schools that participated in the 2016 competition to display their work at the June 16th event.

Team Green, first place winners
Photo of First Place Team (above)
Team Name: Team Green
(from left to right in the photo)
Kameron Dozier (architecture) from Lexington
Abbie Lemly (interior design) from Lexington
Phongphak Siripun (architecture) from Winston-Salem
Denton Hinshaw (architecture) from Lewisville

Telluric, Second Place
Photo of Second Place Team (above)
Team Name: Telluric
(from left to right in the photo)
Michael Landa (architecture) from Kernersville
Bryan Barz (architecture) from Walkertown
Lisa Allen (interior design) from Lexington
Miranda Cato (interior design) from Greensboro