The BTES Student Award is a biennial award recognizing exceptional student design and scholarship focused on building technology. Two awards are granted (for a paper and for a design portfolio) providing two students with financial support for participation in the BTES conference. BTES advertises all awards and accepts nominations every other year from November through mid-January, prior to each BTES conference.

The Paper submission topics must directly relate to the physical technology of architecture, including, but not limited to, construction or structural technology, innovative materials, integrated systems, sustainable design, and design-build. Design Portfolio should demonstrate an integration of technology and building systems in architectural design or illustrate innovative construction and/or structural solutions. The successful paper will be published in the 2017 Conference Proceedings, and may be chosen by the BTES Board to be published on the BTES web site and by the conference organizers to be presented by the author at the BTES conference. The successful portfolio and included project(s) will be displayed at the BTES conference, and will be considered for publication on the BTES web site.

ELIGIBILITY

The Research Paper award submission is open to students at all levels, and may be of particular interest to students in an M.S., D.Arch, or Ph.D. degree program. The Research Paper can be the result of either a course or an independent project, and may have multiple authors. The Design Portfolio is intended to showcase exceptional student work from a project, studio(s), courses, or independent design activities. While open to all students at all levels, it is anticipated to be of interest primarily to students in a professional architecture degree program.

NOMINATION + DOCUMENTATION CRITERIA

CATEGORY 1: Research Paper: The research paper shall be a maximum of 5000 words and include a 100-word abstract, with references properly cited, and submitted in PDF format.

CATEGORY 2: Design Portfolio: Project(s) should be clearly documented through drawings, diagrams, and/or photographs that clearly describe the design project. The Design Project shall be submitted in PDF format, with a maximum of 5 pages in 11”x8.5” landscape orientation. It shall include a 500-word maximum statement at the start of the portfolio, establishing the student’s interest in a focus on the physical technology of architecture. It may include one or more design projects at the discretion of the candidate.

SELECTION & PRESENTATION:

A Jury of three distinguished BTES members will evaluate all submissions. Up to two students will receive this biennial award; repeat nominations are encouraged. The jury, in any year, may choose not to bestow the award. Winners will be recognized and expected to present their book at the conference. The BTES Student Award winner will receive a $500 stipend to help cover travel, free conference admission, and a 1-year BTES membership.

BTES STUDENT AWARD WINNERS

2015
Zachary Henry, Mississippi State University, Undergraduate Architecture and Building Construction Science

2015
Cody Smith, Ria Bennet and Bill Plott, Mississippi State University