NAIT students take winning designs to the bank

Published on January 31, 2018

NAIT student has won the eighth annual Architectural Technology design competition

NAIT student Jonathan Drachenberg has won the eighth annual Architectural Technology design competition with his innovative, functional and environmentally sustainable design for a bank branch.

The contest, sponsored by ATB Financial and Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd., included entries from 94 students in the second year of NAIT’s Architectural Technology program. The finalists and semi-finalists were awarded cash prizes at a reception Tuesday evening at the polytechnic.

Drachenberg wins a total of $3,000 – $2,000 for his first-place design and $1,000 for the Kasian Award for Design Innovation. Second-place winner Shao-wen (Steven) Wu receives $1,500, while third-place winner Graeme Matichuk receives $1,000. The other finalists, who each receive $500, were Taya Anstey, Celine Doutre, Teagan Macneil, Mackenzie Riavitz, Hazel Sarmiento, Kristina Strytveen and Myron Van Dijk.


  • The fictional branch design was done for an ATB Financial branch located in Grande Prairie.
  • The submissions went through two rounds of judging.
  • Design entries were judged based on concept, aesthetics, functionality, sustainability, and corporate identity.


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

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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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