BILD Calgary Region Celebrates the Future of the Building Industry

Students show their creative building talents at the 2017 Student House Design Competition. BILD Calgary Region has been supporting the future of the building industry for decades by hosting the Student House Design Competition. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the competition, where a total of $8,000 in scholarships from BILD Calgary Region goes to winning students from various high schools and SAIT.

“The objective of the design competition is to develop skills and expose students to a career opportunity within the building industry,” says Guy Huntingford, CEO of BILD Calgary Region.

The Competition is an opportunity for students to put what they learn in the classroom into practice and get real professionals’ opinions on their work. Submissions are judged by industry members based on four criteria: function and buildability; design rationale; site consideration; and graphics and presentation.

“With the critical shortage of skilled trades in the building industry, we are actively supporting youth to work within our industry,” says Huntingford. “We have so many opportunities for various careers within homebuilding that we want to let students know about – and this is one opportunity for students.”

The winning submissions were showcased May 23, 2017 at a BILD Calgary Region luncheon, where the students received their scholarships. It’s a chance for industry members to meet students who represent the next generation of designers, builders and home buyers.

This year’s SAIT winners were:

  • David Scott – 1st Place Tie
  • Arianny Marquez – 1st Place Tie
  • Andrew Maishment – 2nd Place
  • Tesfa Mulat – 3rd Place
  • Xuejian Tang – 4th Place

This year’s high school winners were:

  • Luis Barocio – Level 1, 1st Place
  • Ethan Sexton – Level 1, 2nd Place
  • Anna Balabanova – Level 2, 1st Place
  • Sydney Kinzel – Level 2, 2nd Place
  • Bosco Zhi – Level 2, 3rd Place
  • Matthew Fournier – Level 3, 1st Place
  • Isabel Loewan – Level 3, 2nd Place
  • Nina Garrett – Level 3, 3rd Place
  • Sword Desireau – Level 3, 4th Place

Congratulations to all the winners and participants.

Click here to read, ‘Passion for architecture spurs students to design award-winning projects,’ published in the Calgary Herald, June 2.