NAIT students develop innovative bank design ideas

Published on February 01, 2016

NAIT student wins the sixth annual Architectural Technology design contest

Second-year Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) student Kory Andel is the winner of the sixth annual Architectural Technology design contest, sponsored by ATB Financial and 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. During a reception on last night at the polytechnic, the finalists and semi-finalists were awarded cash prizes totaling $8,500.

Andel received $2,000 for his design, while second place winner Kienna Gibbard received $1,500 and third-place winner Carolyn Fillion received $1,000. Thomas Principe received the $1,000 Kasian Award for Design Innovation. The other finalists were Rachel Johnson, Braydon Kennedy, Ji Won Kim, Kiriana Musselman, Thomas Principe, Phat Tang and Kelsey Wilkinson.


  • The branch design was done for a fictional ATB Financial branch on a site located in downtown Medicine Hat, 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 
“What I love is the real world work experience this contest provides. Our students put a tremendous amount of effort into their designs and we’re proud of their accomplishments. They spent the entire semester of one course on this project. Congratulations to the winners and all participants of the sixth annual Architectural Technology design contest.”

Dale Lechelt, managing director, facilities & real estate, ATB Financial 
“The Architectural Technology design contest is about community and collaboration. This is more than a competition. It’s a collaboration between great Alberta institutions. The contest builds personal equity for the students that will ultimately benefit the entire community.”

Jim Dobie, senior associate, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.
“Kasian is honoured to have continued our sponsorship of this competition in 2016 and for the chance to strengthen our long standing relationship with the Architectural Technology program at NAIT. We are pleased that The Kasian Award for Design Innovation was added to the competition for 2016. The students made a great impression on us. We’re confident that their overall NAIT education and participation in this competition has equipped them to become valued members of the design and construction industry.”


Architectural Technology Program
Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd
ATB Financial

About NAIT

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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