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November 2018
OMA Vice-Chair, Mike Homan Serves
as Judge at 10th Annual Competition

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OMA Vice-Chair, Mike Homan of
Wayne Builders Supply,
Visits BGSU as a Judge
for the Architecture Program’s
10th Annual Competition

BOWLING GREEN, OH - On November 13, 2019, 24 students in Architecture Materials and Systems class took on the challenge to explore the methods of the practical concrete masonry fields and its culture of design that applies to the concrete masonry material the CMU’s. Specifically, this year’s theme, “UN/balance” investigated the architectural potential to deliver meaning through formal gesture, detail, and environmental analysis according to the competition creator Hannah Dewhirst, an Instructor of Architecture at the Bowling Green State University.

Now in its 10th year, the competition started with six teams of four students. After presenting their designs, a jury made up of the faculty of the School of the Built Environment chose three projects to be built full-scale out of six.

“This is the most popular project in our architecture program,” Andreas Luescher, a Professor and Chair of Architecture at BGSU said. “Instead of us lecturing, students can go out and touch the materials. What’s great is the simplicity of the concrete block. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just lifting a block and stacking it. It’s a very intuitive and tangible experience.”

Here are a few pictures from the event: