Frewsburg Grad Wins Award In Architectural Design Contest

Kyle Perry is a 2010 graduate of Frewsburg Central School who is structurally sound-academically speaking.

Now in his third year as an architectural technology major at Alfred State, Kyle’s work has already achieved recognition that most AT students don’t get to see until graduate school.

This is because Kyle has won an honorable mention award, and a $500 cash prize, for his outstanding architectural design entry in the 2012 American Institute of Architecture Students/Kawneer “Enlightened Libraries” competition. Open to students in architectural education programs from high school through graduate college and university levels, last year’s competition attracted more than 200 entries-which were due by Nov. 29.

According to Kyle, the goal of the competition was to exemplify what future libraries will look like and how they will function.

“The objective was to create a space that emphasizes natural light, sustainability, education and community while representing a new understanding of what the future of a library will be,” said Kyle, reading from the competition information given to him beforehand. “Libraries are no longer being thought of as a musty, silent holding area for books. Instead, technology is paving the way for libraries to emerge as a digital repository of information, gaming areas and community centers.”

Kyle said that his entry was designed to be situated alongside the Genesee River in Rochester, adjacent to the historic Rundel Memorial Library.

“The theory behind my design process was based off the natural curvilinear volumes and large expanses of glass to appear of the glaciers from the last ice age, which shaped the landscape of the Great Lakes region 10,000 years ago,” he said.

At Alfred State, the competition was undertaken as a studio project by three third-year studios, taught by professors Mary Golden, Richard Carlo and David Carli. Kyle was a student in Carli’s studio group.

Though the competition took place over a six-month period, all Alfred State students had to complete and submit their entries in a 10-week studio schedule. Half of this year’s winners were graduate students from institutions such as Clemson University, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, the University of Tennessee and the University of Puerto Rico-making Kyle’s award stand out from this intense competition.

As a result of this honor, Kyle’s entry will also receive national recognition alongside other entries in the competition as part of an exhibit at the 2013 National Convention of the American Institute of Architecture in Denver. Additionally, his design will be displayed at the AIAS Forum 2013 in Chicago from Dec. 29 through Jan. 1, and all winning entries from the contest will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of Crit: The Journal of the AIAS.

“I would like to thank my studio professor, Dave Carli, for all the help and guidance he provided through the 10-week period of the project,” said Kyle.

Currently, Kyle is studying abroad in Sorrento, Italy; an experience he describes as incredible.

“As a practicing architecture student, studying people, culture and history in a new environment is an awesome opportunity,” he said.

Kyle plans to complete the requirements necessary to receive his bachelor’s degree in AT from Alfred State. He then plans to attend graduate school to receive a Master of Architecture degree, and pursue a career in the profession.