1997

1st Place Celso Gonzales Southern California Institute of Architecture
2nd Place Chrisoph G. Kaiser Arizona State University
3rd Place Brent D. Horez Rhode Island School of Design
Citation Jesse G. Tucker Rhode Island School of Design
Merit Jason Beal Rhode Island School of Design
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Visitor and Information Center
for Galveston Island’s Wetlands 
and Bird Sanctuary

Carlos Jimenez. Author

The design of the 6,500 square feet Visitor and Information Center is to be an entryway into the bird and wetlands sanctuary and should aim to contribute to the public's awareness of the region's delicate and compelling wetlands and its rich aviary-like environment. The site, a flat and rebuilt portion of land located between the main roadway and Galveston Bay, enjoys some of the most amazing views of the protected wetlands to the south. The project is both an education center as well as a means to focus on the environs from a privileged vantage point(s). Important issues to consider in the design of the building(s) are: solidity of construction (hurricane resistance) yet lightness of structure, the integration of the building(s) to the site and the maximization of views at each level.

Participating Schools:

Arizona State University

Auburn University

The Boston Architectural Center

McGill University

Rhode Island School of Design

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Southern California Institute of Architecture

University of Cincinnati

University of Oklahoma