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Date: March 7, 2003 (03-18)
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
(Pager 301-930-3880)

Montgomery College Architecture Student Wins Award
At National Design Competition

            William Atherton of Greenbelt, Md., an architectural technology student at the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College, walked off with second place honors at this year’s American Institute of Architecture Students/International Masonry Institute (AIAS/IMI) Design/Build Competition.

            The competition challenged students, working individually or in teams of up to three, to explore a variety of issues related to the use of masonry in design and construction. Judging occurred in two stages, with the top five designs constructed at the AIAS annual forum, held in Chicago, in January.

            The focus of the competition was the design of a masonry station entrance for Chicago’s “L,” the city’s elevated railroad system. MC students Jason Foster and Francisco Fuentes, both architectural technology students at the Rockville Campus, assisted Atherton in the building stage of his project.

            In addition to attending Montgomery College, Atherton is an architectural drafter. The judges recognized his entry because of its elegant, innovative and creative use of masonry; ability to integrate functional aspects of the program in an appropriate manner; response to central architectural concepts such as human activity needs, structural integrity, creative insight, and coherence of architectural vocabulary; and attention to details.

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