2010Poster
2010 Competition

The International Community Center in Abuja, Nigeria

2010 Competition Overview

This is a moment of great excitement and energy in Nigeria. Along with other Africans, Nigerians rejoiced over the election of Barack Obama. They eagerly anticipate how the new American president will deliver on his pledge to African nations to accelerate their integration into the global economy, promote democracy and fight poverty. A new generation of leaders, inspired by Obama’s call for change, is poised to inherit the country.

Nigerians refer to their homeland, the most populous on the continent with 140 million residents, as “the giant of Africa.” Abuja is the country's jewel, the repository of Nigeria's dreams for a better future.

A planned capital like Canberra and Brasilia, Abuja lies at the hilly crossroads between the heavily Christian south, with its tropical climate, and the savannah of the Muslim north. Combining the topography of both, it symbolically knits Nigeria's sometimes fractious population together.

The Design Problem presented here challenges students to dig deep for a design solution that is simultaneously local and global, contemporary and mindful of the past. It asks what is culturally and socially appropriate, so that the building will resonate with meaning for the people who will use it.

Jury

Steven Ehrlich, FAIA, RIBA

Jury Chair & Program Author
Ehrlich Architects
Los Angeles, CA

Giles Omezi

Director
Laterite Architecture and Urban Design
London UK

Adèle Naudé Santos, FAIA, ARCUK

Dean
MIT School of Architecture and Planning
Cambridge, MA

Maryann Thompson, AIA

Maryann Thompson Architects
Cambridge, MA

Joseph Sziabowski, AIA

Director, Lyceum Fellowship

2010 Winners

Pavel Savine
1st Place

Pavel Savine

University of Arizona

Pavlo Kryvozub
2nd Place

Pavlo Kryvozub

University of Cincinnati

Tyler Jorgenson
3rd Place

Tyler Jorgenson

University of Arizona

Laura Huylevroeck
Citation

Laura Huylebroeck

University of Arizona

Jillian Crandall
Merit

Jillian Crandall

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Alex Fritz
Merit

Alex Fritz

Miami University (Ohio)

Micol Fronza
Merit

Micol Fronza

McGill University

Justin Nguyen
Merit

Justin Nguyen

McGill University