DreamArchitecture 2017 Ceremony

Students’ Creativity Recognized at DreamArchitecture Awards Ceremony

33 winning students awarded prizes for their “Dream Space Station”

The 21st annual dreamArchitecture Art Contest held its awards ceremony Thursday, May 4th at the SawWorks Studio at ArchitectureWorks. More than 30 winning students were awarded prizes for their creativity and imagination for this year’s theme, “Draw your Dream Space Station.”

dreamArchitecture is a community outreach project sponsored by the Alabama Center for Architecture and the Birmingham Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Open to elementary school children in the Birmingham area, the competition stimulates children to think about architecture and their built environment. This year’s competition had nearly 1,900 entries from 22 schools, a record year for the program.

Our jury, composed of local artists, architects and designers, chose 33 winners. The overall winner was Andy Juarez, a first grader from EPIC Elementary in Birmingham. The second overall winner was Grady Watkins, a fifth grade student from Chelsea Park Elementary, and the third overall winner was Julien Plaisance, a first grade student from Saint Rose Academy.

Winning students were given prizes, including art supplies and architecture books. The full winners list is below:

  • Alabaster City Schools:
    • Creek View Elementary: Charlotte Harris (First Place, Third Grade)
  • Birmingham City Schools:
    • EPIC Elementary: Andy Juarez (First Place Overall)
    • Robinson Elementary: Aaron Woods (Honorable Mention, Third Grade); Rahmayea Lane (Second Place, Third Grade);
    • J. Christian School: Amani Vaughn (Honorable Mention, Second Grade); Jeffery Peoples (Second Place, Fourth Grade);
  • Hoover City Schools:
    • Rocky Ridge Elementary: Kaylynn Nutter (Third Place, Third Grade); Tyler Huizinga (Second Place, Kindergarten); Hailey Nichols (First Place, Second Grade)
    • Trace Crossings School: Sam Whittington (Honorable Mention, Fourth Grade)
  • Leeds City Schools:
    • Leeds Primary School: Gabe Logan (Honorable Mention, First Grade)
  • Private Schools:
    • Advent Episcopal School: Bella Whipple (Honorable Mention, Kindergarten); Aoife Martin (Second Place, Second Grade)
    • E. Miles Jewish Day School: Muka Berkowitz (Honorable Mention, First Grade)
    • Saint Rose Academy: Emma Flynn (Honorable Mention, Fifth Grade); Ruby Dietrich (Second Place, First Grade); Julien Plaisance (Third Place Overall)
  • Shelby County:
    • Calera Intermediate: Allison Lowery (Honorable Mention, Fifth Grade)
    • Chelsea Park Elementary: Anessa Lu Ott (Honorable Mention, Kindergarten); Rylee Glausier (Third Place, First Grade); John Daniel Lacey (First Place, First Grade); Emily Nabors (First Place, Fifth Grade); Grady Watkins (Second Place Overall)
    • Elvin Hill Elementary: Key’Ariel Mayfield (Second Place, Fifth Grade)
    • Oak Mountain Intermediate: Blake Walker (Third Place, Fifth Grade)
    • Vincent Elementary: Ava Reese Waldrop (Honorable Mention, Second Grade); Joshua Weldon (Third Place, Kindergarten); Moises Mojica (Third Place, Second Grade); Cheylyn Agneaux (First Place, Kindergarten)
  • Trussville City Schools:
    • Paine Elementary: Cayden Hawthorne (Honorable Mention, Third Grade)
  • Vestavia City Schools:
    • Vestavia Hills Elementary Central: ZhuZhu Wang (Honorable Mention, Fourth Grade); Chloe McCormick (Third Place, Fourth Grade); Jill Gaylard (First Place, Fourth Grade)

WINNERS’ EXHIBIT: Winning entries will be on display at the Alabama Center for Architecture (109 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd. South, Birmingham AL 35233) through Friday June 2nd.

Exhibit Hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.