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Architecture students participate in competition 'For the Birds

Second-year architecture students elevated their design skills to satisfy some high-flying clients during a design/construction competition called “For the Birds.”

Joan Vorderbruggen, assistant professor of architecture, assigned each student a specific ‘client,’ a type of bird, bat or owl, which the students then researched to create customized abodes.

The students explored favored environment, immediate nesting habitat, size, number of family members and patterns. "They are all the issues students need to know for any client they design a dwelling for," Vorderbruggen explained. To be suitable for actual birds, the houses were required to be constructed using non-toxic materials and able to withstand local weather conditions.

To add to the aesthetics, students designed the houses to reflect an eminent architect’s design philosophy. The result - stylish digs that would make any client chirpy.

The houses can be viewed on the fifth floor of Renaissance Hall until March 25.

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Last Updated: Thursday, August 08, 2013 8:33:23 AM