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Date: December 22, 2003 (03-96)
Contacts: Randy Steiner, 240-567-7599

Montgomery College Architectural Students Create Winning Designs
5th Annual Design Competition Judged by Silver Spring Architectural Firm 

As snow and rain pelted Montgomery County on a recent December day, students in Montgomery College’s architectural technology program braved the bad weather to show off their designs in the Montgomery College Fifth Annual Student Design Competition.  The design competition, developed by Professor Randy Steiner, called for students to create an “ExhibitionMC,” a museum structure to be built adjacent to the Montgomery College-Rockville Campus duck pond.  The proposed museum would house touring exhibitions, student artwork, or cultural exhibits organized by student curators. 

Not only did the students have to design a museum, they were also asked to design an outdoor garden.  The students had only six weeks to prepare their designs and were required to create a model, site plan, floor plan, and written essay, said Steiner.  A group of professional architects from Torti Gallas and Partners, the largest architectural design firm in Montgomery County, served as the competition judges.    

The design competition received more than 20 entries with designs ranging from a series of concentric display spaces to a building shaped like a duck in honor of the duck pond.  Cash awards, ranging from $100 to $250, went to the top three designs.  The winners, all architectural technology majors at Montgomery College, are as follows:

·        Joseph Nkwanyuo of Greenbelt (1st place) - a native of Cameroon who is in his second year at Montgomery College and hopes to transfer to Catholic University in the fall of 2005.

·        Josephina Marquisa of Rockville (2nd place) - a native of Argentina who studied architecture in her home country, but plans to continue her studies in the United States. 

·        Tiffany Manigault-Cesto of Gaithersburg (3rd place) - a native of Trinidad with an undergraduate degree in French.  She is interested in pursuing further education in the fields of energy conservation and regional planning. 

            The jury of three architects from Torti Gallas and Partners complimented the entrants for their use of theme in their designs, the quality of the drawings, and the variety of design solutions.  The judges selected the winning designs based on the originality, execution, and sensitivity to the site.  The awards ceremony concluded with Tom Gallas, a partner of the firm and a member of Montgomery College’s architectural technology and construction management advisory council, giving students advice for their future – continue to enter design competitions and “push yourself beyond your limits.” 

For more information about Montgomery College’s architectural technology program or the design competition, contact Professor Steiner at 240-567-7599 or log on to

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