On May 2nd, I traveled to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York) to take part in the School of Architecture’s yearly award ceremony. I was pleased to present the 2012 Bentley Student Design Competition award, for the University/College level’s Innovation in Architectural Design category, to Morgan Danner and Desiree Edge for their project “Integrating Elemental Learning Elementary School.” I presented scholarships and medals for Morgan and Desiree, and a trophy for the school was accepted by Dean Evan Douglis (at middle left, in picture below).

Associate Dean Mark Mistur—whose class spurred the winning entry—Morgan and I posed for a quick picture in front of the Greene Building (Desiree is studying abroad this semester, so missed the photo op).

On May 21st, I presented the 2012 award for the High School/Technical school level to Jonathan Libman, from Randolph High School (Randolph, New Jersey), for his entry in our challenge to design a public transportation center that can accommodate thousands of daily travelers. Jonathan impressed jurors with his “Libman Airport” project, and has already been accepted into the Architecture program at Penn State.

Technology instructor Bruce Sappah (in picture below, congratulating Jonathan) and Principal Debbie Iosso accepted the trophy on behalf of the school, and Jonathan’s family and classmates joined us all in celebrating his achievement.


See all of the 2012 Bentley Student Design Competition winners—and the Educator of the Year—here. Congratulations to them all!