Two Architecture Students Named Finalists in John Stewardson Competition

Fifth-year architecture students Bonnie Netel ’12 and Daniel Russoniello ’12 have been named finalists in the 2012 John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship in Architecture Design Competition.  The winning project and three finalists were selected from a field of 39 entries.

“Having two of our students among the four statewide finalists is a testament to their focus and to their ability to produce good design while under a lot of pressure,” said David Breiner, associate professor and director of PhilaU’s architecture program.  “They were required to work independently during a ten-day period, and their accomplishments confirm the quality of our architecture program.”

For this year’s competition, students were asked to explore the relationship between an industrial artifact and a major urban thoroughfare.  Candidates were asked to submit “visionary and environmentally responsible proposals which mark this intersection through the design of a cinema, an urban park, and landscape proposals for limited sections of the Reading Viaduct and Spring Garden Greenway.”

Students had ten days to complete the challenge and were instructed not to seek help or advice from faculty, mentors or anyone else.

Each year, graduating architecture students in Pennsylvania and those who graduated within the previous three years are invited to participate in the competition. In addition to PhilaU, other participating schools included University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Temple University and Pennsylvania State University.

The jury consisted of David Hollenberg, architect, University of Pennsylvania; David Cronrath, dean of the school of architecture, planning and preservation, University of Maryland; and Jason Solinsky, John Hubert Architects.

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