AutoDesSys Holds Joint Study Program Awards
November 11, 2009

AutoDesSys Holds Joint Study Program Awards

Columbus, Ohio - AutoDesSys held the 17th Annual Awards Banquet of its Joint Study Program to award student projects executed using form.Z. The event took place in Chicago, during the ACADIA (Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture) conference which was held at SAIC (School of Art Institute of Chicago). The school’s ballroom where it was held is reminiscent of the old glory of the city’s turn of the century elegance, while the 200+ audience that filled it, represents the progression of the digital tools that serve the architectural industry and community and have led design to studies and executions unheard of even 20 years ago, says a representative.
The awards were in five categories: Architectural Design, Urban Design, Interior Design, Fabrication, and Visualization. Students received awards of distinction and honorable mentions.

The schools with winning entries were: The College of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; College of Architecture, Texas Tech University; School of Architecture, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Department of Architectural Studies, Cardiff School of Art & Design, University of Wales Institute, United Kingdom; Department of Art and Media, South Devon College, Paignton, Devon, United Kingdom; Department of Architecture, Tamkang University, Tanshui, Taiwan; BAA Illustration, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

All the winning projects can be seen at

In his address to the audience present at the awards ceremony, Chris Yessios, president of AutoDesSys, said: “We are happy to know that the students we have been awarding all these year are very much part of this younger generation of designers that are playing such a pivotal role in the evolution of our contemporary architectural culture.” He went on to remark that “quite a few of the papers presented in this conference have acknowledged, older generations of designers are still uncomfortable with computers and they will always be. However, they have learned and gained confidence that, no matter how daring their initial sketches may be, some young architect who has been 'mousing' around almost since he was in his/her crib, will be able to translate them into something constructable.”

The journey has been full of accomplishment for form.Z Joint Study award winners the past 17 years, says a representative. This year’s conference organizer, Tristan d’Estrée Sterk, is one of them, exactly 10 years ago.