January 21, 2000
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WSU Spokane Students Finalists
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Two teams of students from Washington State University Spokane have been chosen as finalists in an international design competition aimed at practicing professionals.
The student teams were chosen as finalists from a field of 268 entries from 31 different countries and 32 U.S. states. The other 14 teams of finalists are all professionals.
The "Jubilee Year 2000 International Design Competition," advertised in Architectural Record, is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend, Ind. The project was to design a new home for a rural Hispanic parish, which also serves as a regional center for Hispanic celebrations and devotion for Our Lady of Guadalupe, in rural Milford, Ind.
The students take interdisciplinary design from Matt Melcher, assistant professor at the WSU Spokane Interdisciplinary Design Institute, which combines architecture, construction management, interior design, and landscape architecture.
The Rev. James Kuhns, Our Lady of Fatima liturgical consultant, and Bruce Walker, architect and adjunct faculty at WSU Spokane, aided the students in a consulting role. One team developed their designs in collaboration with Juliet Sinisterra, a principal at IDR Design Studio, Spokane.
"Both schemes that were selected focused on the importance of community gathering places, both interior and exterior. It was not building as object, but building as defining spaces for gathering," says Melcher.
Student designs from the competition will be on display Feb. 4-25 in the Interdisciplinary Design Institute Gallery, Phase One Classroom Building, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. A reception will be held from 5-6 p.m. Feb. 4 when the display is a stop on the Spokane Visual Arts Tour.
Note to reporters and editors: The student design page is online at http://www.spokane.wsu.edu/news&events/
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