Marywood University School of Architecture Faculty and Students were invited to be design judges at the annual Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Bridge Building Competition. This is the third year SOA faculty have participated in the event, which encourages local high school students to go into engineering, architecture, and design fields.
Professor Kate O'Connor, who teaches design studio as well as structures at Marywood, was happy to see so many enthused and talented area students competing:
"Most kids build big structures to hold a lot of weight. Those designs worked, but weren't as efficient as they could be. The winner used structural knowledge to make a light structure that could hold a large load. The second place in efficency was also our top choice for design. Beauty and efficiency are not opposites, and now these kids have a better grasp on how to make our world more sustainable and beautiful."
Marywood University students were also excited about the competition, too. They want to plan a workshop with area competitors to help them look at how to marry design and efficiency.
Articles covering the event and featuring Professor Kate O'Connor and students in local news:
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