Belleville, Ontario, May 9, 2014 – Loyalist College is pleased to announce that third-year Architectural Technology student Halie Bradley received the Ontario Association of Architects’ (OAA) second place Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences (OAAAS) Student Award in the Individual category.
The annual awards are presented to a first and second place student for exemplary architectural design projects, demonstrating achievement of technical excellence in architectural technology. On May 9, at the OAA Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony in Montreal, Ms. Bradley will be awarded $500 and a one-year OAAAS membership. The competition was open to all students enrolled in a fifth or sixth semester architectural technology program at any of the province’s post-secondary institutions. Depending on a student’s course curriculum, they could submit a college assignment or live project to the Individual Project or Group Project categories.
“I’m honoured that my design was chosen to win the second place prize in all of Ontario,” said Ms. Bradley, who is now employed with Alexander Wilson Architect Inc. in Kingston. “After putting hundreds of hours into this project, it feels great to be recognized. I absolutely loved the Loyalist Architectural Technology program. The professors are very knowledgeable. They gave me the opportunity to make many contacts with local builders and architectural designers. The skills that I learned over the past three years have prepared me well for the working world. I’d like to congratulate all of my fellow Architectural Technology students on a wonderful year!”
In their third year, Architectural Technology students at Loyalist use 3D modeling software to design a public facility in a local community. They consider everything from schematics, landscaping, interior design, cost estimates, written specifications, and construction detailing. The top three students then produce and present a technical report to an advisory committee comprised of faculty and industry leaders. During the presentations on April 16, Ms. Bradley was recognized by committee members for having the best presentation. Final projects were judged by the OAAAS provincial jury, and a winner was selected from each college. From those selected the jury then determined the provincial first and second-place winners.
“Our program does an excellent job of introducing students to the design criteria for building projects, as well as the real world challenges of the Ontario Building Code, local by-laws, sustainability, and all the technology that goes into the construction and operation of a building,” said Professor Chuck Barsony. “Halie’s recreation and aquatic complex illustrates how well our students understand the influence of physical space on human behavior, and the role of architecture in local culture. A number of our third-year students like Halie have already been hired in their field of study, working as architectural technologists, building officials, building development consultants and AutoCAD technicians.”
Loyalist College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining rigorous academic standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Programs range from apprenticeships and certificates to diplomas and post-graduate studies. Loyalist offers more than 65 full-time programs and 77 university transfer agreements around the world. The best testament to the College’s value is from students, 96 percent of whom say they would recommend Loyalist to a friend. Loyalist is committed to helping students find great jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the economic and social development of all individuals in its communities.
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