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AACC Graduate Earns Most Architectural Awards

Daniel Reynolds' Ecoforms designs

Feb. 1, 2013

A graduate of Anne Arundel Community College architecture program became the most recognized community college architecture student at AACC when he won his latest two awards at the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of American Institute of Architect’s annual Region AIA Design Competition. These awards were in addition to his winning the most state AIA awards for community college students in the fall.

Daniel Reynolds of Crofton, who graduated from AACC in May 2012 and is now studying architecture at Savannah College of Art and Design, is one of four AACC students honored at the competition. He received the Second Place Merit Award and, with team member Jaimie Brock of Fallston, won a Citation award. Along with three prior regional and state awards during his two years in the college’s architecture program, Reynolds is the most honored AACC architecture student and has won more state awards than any other community college architecture student.

Reynolds attributed his success to AACC’s architecture professors, who offered “the right balance of nurture and challenge” in classroom assignments.

The other AACC students who were regional winners are Vail De Capite of Severna Park and Brian Hobson of Glen Burnie, who won the First Place Honor Award for their team design of “Delicate Arch Trail Hostel” that featured a sustainable design to allow the hostel to operate off the electrical grid and meet the standards of the national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program through the United States Building Council. De Capite, now an architectural student at Drexel University, also won a Citation award for designing three ecological observation platforms in the Assateague Island National Seashore Park.

Reynolds won the second place award for “Ecoforms – The Form of Texture,” the design of three ecological observation platforms in the Assateague Island National Seashore Park. The team project with Brock was a sustainable addition to the college’s administration building. Done in partnership with the architects who designed the renovations and additions to the building, it had to meet national LEED standards and was reviewed by college representatives.

Michael D. Ryan, chair of AACC’s architecture program, said instructors try to provide real-life projects that require students to meet specified requirements.  The Region AIA awards program recognizes excellence in architectural design, promotes architecture in the Chesapeake area and builds on the relationship between Chesapeake Bay AIA and AACC’s architecture program. For more about AACC’s architecture program, visit http://www.aacc.edu/architecture/ or contact Ryan at 410-777-2437 or mdryan@aacc.edu.