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2014 Call for Entries in the AIA Frank Maier High School Design Competition


The AIA Frank Maier High School Design Competition is an annual architectural design challenge sponsored by the Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Frank Maier, a Juneau Architect, started this program in 1965 and managed it personally for the first twenty years. Following his death in 1991, the AIA elected to name the competition in his honor. Now, in its fifth decade of success, the competition continues to expose Alaskan high school students to architecture and the profession. “AIA Alaska would like to reach as many interested students as possible this year” says Richard Rearick, AIA, Architecture Manager for UMIAQ and 2014 Frank Maier High School Design Competition Chair.

The competition is currently a statewide effort of the AIA, with competition development, assistance, and adjudication being shared amongst the three Sections of the Alaska Chapter – Northern (based in Fairbanks), Southeast (based in Juneau), and Central (based in Anchorage). Certificates of achievement and cash prizes will be awarded to the top four entries selected.

Eligibility: Any student (grade 9-12) presently enrolled in Alaska high school classes may submit one entry.
Time Allowed: Competition work shall be accomplished between January 22nd and April 25, 2014. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 25th.
Supervision: All competition work shall be performed by the entrant under the supervision of a high-school faculty member, preferably, but not restricted to, an Art, Drawing, Computer-Aided Drafting, or Manual Drafting Instructor. The competition may be accomplished as a part of class work or as an extracurricular project. Entrants may work at home. Competition participation is not intended to be restricted to students currently enrolled in Art, Drawing, or Drafting classes. Additional assistance may be provided from local Architects and staff that are able to visit classrooms.

For more details on the Required Deliverables, please visit the Alaska Chapter of American Institute of Architects website http://aiaalaska.org/Pages/FMHSDesignCompetition.html or email Richard Rearick at Richard.Rearick@uicumiaq.com.


UMIAQ is a member of the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) family of companies. UMIAQ provides resource development services, design, consulting, logistics and science support while understanding the politics, culture, land use issues, regulations and environmental conditions related to industrial and community development in the arctic and subarctic Alaska. These services include architecture, engineering, regulatory planning, stakeholder relations, surveying, geospatial analysis, arctic science support, logistics, local traditional knowledge and full-service camps. UMIAQ works to ensure project needs are safely and successfully met.

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