2023 Concrete Masonry Student Design Competition Winners

Students and Faculty Awarded for Design in Masonry Construction

The National Concrete Masonry Association Education & Research Foundation (NCMA FDN) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Concrete Masonry Student Competition.

The competition recognizes five exceptional projects that demonstrate how community centers, both indoor and outdoor gathering spaces can be used for education, recreation, networking events and more. The program challenged students to use concrete masonry products as the primary material in the design of a state-of-the-art Community Commons for gathering, play and shelter.

The jurors chose First, Second, and Third place winners, along with two Honorable Mentions. Listed below are the names of the recipients, their project titles, and their faculty sponsor(s):

First Place: CMU Park
Students: Siwei Su & Jiaqui Xu
Faculty Sponsor: Clark Llewellyn
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Second Place: Fifth Ward Haven
Students: Ava Chen, Yifei Zhang, Zee Zeng, Alejandra Lezcano & Michael Zhong
Faculty Sponsor: Jesus Vassallo
Rice School of Architecture

Third Place: Mechanica
Student: Payton Rohrbaugh
Faculty Sponsor: Margaret McManus
Savannah College of Art and Design

Honorable Mention: Nova Commons

Students: Victoria Cheung, Eldar Latif & Fairuz Sowma
Faculty Sponsors: Robert Holton & Kristopher Palagi
Louisiana State University

Honorable Mention: A Tale of Two Mountains
Student: Joshua Yarbrough
Faculty Sponsor: Marika Snider
University of Memphis

See renderings of the projects and learn more about the winners.

The competition jury included:
Nilourfar Emami, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Robin Planas Casado, Universidad de Puerto Rico
Marcus Shaffer, Pennsylvania State University

About NCMA FDN National Concrete Masonry Association Education & Research Foundation (NCMA FDN) is the champion of producers, suppliers, builders, contractors, architects, engineers and more, all over North America and the globe. The mission of the NCMA Foundation is to advance and support the concrete masonry and hardscape industry through research and educational programs designed to meet the future needs of the industry. They unite, support, and represent the producers and suppliers of concrete masonry systems – including concrete masonry, segmental concrete pavements, manufactured stone veneer, segmental retaining walls, and other hardscape systems.

About ACSA
Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is an international association of architecture schools preparing future architects, designers, and change agents. ACSA’s full members include all of the accredited professional degree programs in the United States and Canada, as well as international schools and 2- and 4-year programs. Together, ACSA schools represent 7,000 faculty educating more than 40,000 students. The mission of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is to lead architectural education and research. ACSA seeks to empower faculty and schools to educate increasingly diverse students, expand disciplinary impacts, and create knowledge for the advancement of architecture.