Modular Building Institute

March 17, 2010
Contact: Tom Hardiman
Modular Building Institute
888-811-3288 x208; E-mail

Matthew Fochs
Acting Executive Director
American Institute of Architecture Students
202-626-7497; E-mail

Winners Announced for AIAS/Modular Building Institute Student Design Competition: Miami Beach Hotel

Charlottesville, VA - The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is pleased to announce the winners of its student green building design competition, a part of the annual MBI Awards of Distinction contest for manufacturers and dealers of commercial modular buildings. The MBI-sponsored competition was administered by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). The program challenged students to learn about modular building techniques and systems in the design of a modern and sustainable Miami Beach hotel. The competition is designed for North American design students of all ages. Total prize money is $7,225, including $2,500 for the first place winning design, as well as a crystal trophy and formal recognition at World of Modular, MBI’s annual convention and tradeshow.

The contest had 50 entries and the winners include the following:

First Place - Modular Shipping Container Project 2 by Dion J. Dekker of Cal Poly State University.

Second Place - Sight Specific by James Petras of the University of Cincinnati.

Third Place - Miami Modular by Micah Holroyd and Randall Hatley of the University of Colorado Denver.

Honorable Mention 1 – Modulus by Nathan Houck and Brandon Martella of NewSchool of Architecture & Design.

Honorable Mention 2 - Modular Shipping Container Project 13 by Thomas Paul Shorey of Cal Poly State University.

Honorable Mention 3 – Amalgamation by Michael Charters of Cal Poly State University.

"We are proud to have worked with AIAS on this worthwhile project," said Tom Hardiman, Executive Director of the Modular Building Institute. “In this year’s competition, we have seen students submit truly innovative, exciting, and thoughtful designs for a commercial modular building.”

“The AIAS is continually amazed at the level of development and understanding students bring to design competitions,” said Matthew Fochs, Acting Executive Director of AIAS. “The submissions for the modular hotel competition not only show a creative spark in the next generation of designers and architects, but the design submissions really give a broad view of the different understandings of what ‘modular’ is and can become.”

Contest judges included James B. Guthrie, AIA, President, Miletus Group, Inc.; Gary East, RIBA, Co-Founder, O’Connell East Architects; Dan Rockhill, Principal of Rockhill and Associates and JL Constant Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning; and Paula Vaughan, AIA, LEED AP, Co-Director, Sustainable Design Initiative at Perkins + Will.

About AIAS

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architectural education. The mission of the AIAS is to promote excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture. For more information, visit

About MBI
Founded in 1983, the Modular Building Institute is the only, international, non-profit trade association serving non-residential modular construction. Our regular membership includes wholesale manufacturers, direct manufacturers, and dealers of commercial modular buildings, while our associate members are companies supplying building components, services, and financing to the industry. It is MBI's mission to grow the industry and its capabilities by encouraging innovation, quality, and professionalism through communication, education, and recognition. MBI also administers an educational foundation. For more information, visit




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