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December 17, 2021

Architecture students win scholarships in 10th annual MANKO Design Competition

Submitted by Thom Jackson

Abigail Hutchinson’s project

Two Kansas State University graduate students in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design received scholarships in the 10th annual design competition sponsored by MANKO Window Systems on Dec. 10.

Abigail Hutchinson, fourth-year architecture graduate student, New Castle, Colorado, is receiving a $5,000 scholarship as competition winner for her project “Topeka Domestic Violence Co-Housing Facility.” The design was an assignment in her comprehensive studio class, led by Chad Schwartz, associate professor, requiring students to integrate conceptual and technical knowledge into a highly resolved building proposal.

Oluchi Amakoh, fourth-year architecture graduate student, Nigeria, is receiving a $2,000 runner-up scholarship for her Manhattan Aquatics Center project for the studio led by Cameron Tross, visiting assistant professor of architecture. 

Following a review, one student from each of the department's five fourth-year studios was selected to compete for the MANKO awards, with each developing a narrative slide presentation to present to jurors, who were all established practitioners in the field.

The competition jury included Thomas Osborne, executive director of construction at Northwest Independent School District in Dallas; Bang Dang, principal, Far + Dang in Dallas and adjunct professor at the University of Texas-Arlington; and Kate Dunfee, principal at Huckabee in Dallas.

The following architecture students also were selected for the MANKO Design Competition: Andrew Fugate, Topeka, representing the studio led by Michael Gibson, associate professor of architecture; Ryan Davelaar, Omaha, Nebraska, representing the BNIM studio; and Duc Nguyen, Shawnee, representing the studio led by Genevieve Baudoin, associate professor of architecture.

"I am not sure we could have asked for much more out of this design competition: five very strong projects that were presented incredibly well by these ambitious and accomplished students and a top-notch jury who went out of their way to engage with the nominees and their work," said Schwartz, who also is the fourth-year level coordinator.