The eight winning entries in the 2022 Timber Competition share a common theme: an imaginative creation of a green, biophilic, and interconnected timber environment for modern mixed-use living.
Sponsored by the Softwood Lumber Board and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, the annual Timber Competition is a student design competition that challenges entrants to solve real-world design problems and innovate with timber construction to create a vibrant model of healthy, biophilic urban living.
With more than 600 entries, the 2022 iteration of the competition—themed Timber in the City 4: Urban Habitats—demonstrates the ever-increasing interest in advanced timber design and construction. Students were asked to come up with designs for a mid-rise, mixed-use complex that includes short-stay housing, a large community wellness facility, and an urban marketplace, all interlaced with a new urban transit center in midtown Atlanta.
The first place design, Pine Hill, was submitted by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) students Peter Koczarski and ZhongMing Peter Zhang, and was sponsored by Caroline Grieco, a professor in the Architecture department at NJIT.
The jury of educators was impressed by the students’ innovative timber structure and beautifully detailed drawings, diagrams, and sections. “The overall building form brings a unique approach to investigative timber expression and an interesting approach to a massive building,” the jury commented. “The elegant design respects and elevates the benefits of timber construction.”
Second place winner Spatial/Material Speculations: Timber was submitted by City College of New York (CCNY) student Ahmed Helal and sponsored by faculty member Viren Brahmbhatt.
“Spatial/Material Speculations: Timber is a selected winner demonstrating a holistic approach to timber structure through the exterior and interior system strategies,” the jury commented. “The relationship between the building layout and site topography is distinctive and well-planned. The design is an excellent model of community integration for sustainable urban living.”
The competition’s third-place winner, Hydro Habitat, was submitted by Evan Craig and Tiffany Velin of CCNY and sponsored by faculty member Suzan Wines.
The jury commented: “Hydro Habitat is a chosen winner with a compelling timber truss bridge, which provides accessibility to the public along with a new community cultural space. The modular housing units are elegantly designed, taking into consideration the inhabitants and a clear solution to environmental demands.”