NAIT students develop innovative bank design ideas
EDMONTON – Second-year Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) student Leah Kinsella is the winner of the fifth annual Architectural Technology design contest, sponsored by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.
NAIT Architectural Technology students were asked to design an innovative and functional bank branch that incorporated concepts of environmental sustainability. Kinsella’s design was inspired by the links between the land, the community and the history of Lethbridge and its surrounding area.
During a reception on last night at the polytechnic, Kasian awarded cash prizes totaling $1,750 to the top three design entries.
Kinsella received $750 for her design, while second place winner Salam Yousef received $500. Tied for third place were Kendal da Costa and Jasmine Tello who each received $250. The other finalists were Erica Paal, Dean Maglanlan, Kirk Lawrence, Rachelle Larsen, Fei Feng and Peter James Elima.
• The branch design was done for a fictional bank (Northbank) on a site located in downtown Lethbridge, AB.
• The submissions went through two rounds of judging.
• Entries were judged based on concept, aesthetics, functionality, sustainability and corporate identity.
Sharleen Steinhauer, chair, NAIT Environmental Design Technology
“Congratulations to the winners, finalists and all participants of the Architectural Technology design contest. We are proud of both the effort and enthusiasm displayed in the students’ work. We’re grateful to Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. for supporting our contest and providing our students with essential real-world experience.”
Jim Ebbels, managing senior principal, Kasian Edmonton
“Kasian is honoured by this opportunity to collaborate with NAIT and support the Architectural Technology program by enlivening the curriculum with this real world design competition. We believe strongly in supporting the communities we work in and especially in cultivating the future of our profession. We hope many of these students will go on to become vital members of the design and construction industry that is building Edmonton’s stellar brand and nourishing Alberta’s and Canada’s place in the world-wide market place.”
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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
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