2019 Poster
2019 Competition

A Sanctuary

Channeling the spirit of its east coast counterpart, this competition presents the opportunity to propose a welcoming place of sanctuary in the form of a new arrival center on Angel Island for new immigrants as well as a place of reflection for past immigrants and the communities within which they now live.

To learn more about this competition, click Download Program Brief.

2019 Competition Overview

The United States is a country of immigrants with a long history of receiving new arrivals. In 1886, the statue of “Liberty Enlightening the World” was officially unveiled, and between 1892 and 1954 the Ellis Island Immigration Station processed 12 million immigrants in New York City alone.

Angel Island, in the San Francisco Bay, was home to the West Coast Immigration Station, which was built in 1905. Unlike Ellis Island, new arrivals were housed in barracks on the island under very difficult conditions, some for extended periods of time. Until the station’s closure in 1940, the island was seen as a mechanism to exile immigrants in geo-political limbo - there was never a Statue of Liberty welcoming them.

Channeling the spirit of its east coast counterpart, this competition presents the opportunity to propose a welcoming place of sanctuary in the form of a new arrival center on Angel Island for new immigrants as well as a place of reflection for past immigrants and the communities within which they now live.

Today, Angel Island is a California State Park offering a broad range of recreation activities for people seeking to escape the density of the city, while also offering historical tours of the old immigration and military facilities dotting the island. As described by the Park Service, most visitors to Angel Island find the Immigration Station to be a place of reflection—although for returning immigrants processed through the station, this experience can be bittersweet.

The competition aims to explore how landscape and architecture as sanctuary and refuge can be coalesced to develop a place of multi sensory contemplation and reconciliation. In broad terms, a sanctuary can be considered a place of refuge and protection, both in physical and psychological terms. People seek refuge in many forms and places; for some it is in the form of community, a gathering place, or some form of religious worship. For others, it could be a place for solitary contemplation and reflection. Some find refuge in music, art, or nature - others in meditation.

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Jury

David Darling

Jury Chair & Program Author
Founding Partner
AIDLIN DARLING DESIGN
San Francisco, CA

Joshua Aidlin

Founding Partner
AIDLIN DARLING DESIGN
San Francisco, CA

Cade Hayes, AIA

Founding Principal
DUST
Tucson, AZ

Brigitte Shim

Founding Partner
SHIM-SUTCLIFFE ARCHITECTS
Toronto, Canada

Ronald Rael

Co-Founder
RAEL SAN FRATELLO
Oakland, CA

Jennifer A. Sweet

Director
LYCEUM FELLOWSHIP

2019 Winners

1St 87Stargala Laura Page 1
1st Place

Laura Stargala

Cornell University

Brooke Moyse
Faculty Advisor

2Nd 58Dasuta Jacob Page 1
2nd Place

Jacob Dasuta

University of Texas at Austin

Martin Haettasch
Faculty Advisor

3Rd 11Galvin Page 01
3rd Place

Kelsey Galvin

University of Cincinnati

Terry Boling
Faculty Advisor

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Citation

Eric Smith

University of Cincinnati

Udo Greinacher
Faculty Advisor

Merit 31Dalman Page 01
Merit

Nolan Vinson Dalman

University of Cincinnati

Terry Boling
Faculty Advisor

Page 1
Merit

Joy Mullappally

University of Cincinnati

Udo Greinacher
Faculty Advisor

Merit 54Phuong Karen Tran Page 1
Merit

Phuong Tran

Georgia Institute of Technology

Julie Ju-Youn Kim
Faculty Advisor

2019 Jury Comments