A+D Faculty and Students Among Honorees in Charles W. Steger Design Competition

Honors in the Charles W. Steger Design Competition went to A+D faculty and students, recognizing their exemplary plans for showcasing the dynamic intersection between science, design, and art in the new Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington.

First Place went to “Time Stands Still,” a project by Paola Zellner-Bassett, assistant professor, School of Architecture + Design, and Tom Martin, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering, College of Engineering, an affiliated faculty member in the School’s Industrial Design program. The jury wrote, “We believe the proposal for an interactive textile art piece presents an innovative approach to integrating technology and design. The ability of the design to interact with viewers creates exciting opportunities for further dynamics and the innovative nature of the tapestry impressed the jury.”

Sean MacManus, a master’s student in architecture at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center in the National Capital Region, took the third place prize for his entry, “Sculptural Identity.” Of MacManus’s entry, the jury wrote that “the design concepts, particularly the dynamic sculpture you propose for the reception area would provide a distinctive image for that space. It would certainly create a space for collective exchange and make the space both a conversation piece and a place for conversation.”

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