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Winners announced in 2011 Cleveland Design Competition

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Contact: Anthony Flint 617-503-2116 

     CLEVELAND (August 26, 2011) – Australian architect Michael Dickson of Brisbane was the winner of the $5,000 first prize in the 2011 Cleveland Design Competition: A New School Vision, which drew 92 submissions from 20 countries to imagine a new location for an international school at an infill site in downtown Cleveland.
      The $2,000 second place prize was awarded to Michael Robitz, Sean Franklin and Alexandra VanOrsdale of New York, New York. The $1,000 third place prize was shared by Drozdov & Partners Ltd. team of Oleg Drozdov, Anna Kosharnaya, Pavel Zabotin, and Andrian Sokolovsky of Kharkov, Ukraine, and Vincent Feld of Paris, France.
      The Cleveland Design Competition is an open, single-staged design competition begun in 2007 to generate ideas for under-utilized sites in Cleveland, and showcase the potential for great urban design in the city. Past sites that have been the focus of the competition include the Irishtown Bend section, a play area in Detroit Shoreway, and a multi-modal transportation center on the lakefront.
      This year, designers from all over the world were asked to submit concepts for a future home for the expanding Campus International School, currently located in the annex of the First Methodist Church on Euclid Avenue. Ideas submitted for the Cleveland Design Competition are meant to help the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland State University, Campus International School, and schools all over the world imagine the possibilities for school facilities and advance the conversation around public education.
      The winners were announced at Cleveland State University’s Student Center atrium on August 19 by Armando Carbonell, senior fellow and chairman of the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, which has supported the Cleveland Design Competition from its inception. The Lincoln Institute has for many years been engaged in Cleveland, including the production of a feature length documentary film, Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City. The institute’s founder, John C. Lincoln, was a prominent business and civic leader in the city. Kathryn J. Lincoln, chair of the board of the Lincoln Institute, has been engaged in the Cleveland Design Competition and also serves as a member of the Group Plan Commission, which is examining ways to enhance downtown.
      Five teams were also recognized as noteworthy in the 2011 Cleveland Design Competition: A New School Vision: Mason White, Lola Sheppard, Nikole Bouchard, Zoe Renaud-Drouin, Paul Christian, Fionn Byrne, of Toronto; Jedidiah Lau of Hong Kong; the KGD Architecture team of Stephen Zuber, Carlos Coello, Courtney Boardman, Chad Smith, Ningning Shang, Leah Kleinman, Suttiruck Wongsawan, Randall Wong, and Amanda Wigen, of Rosslyn, Virginia; the Wendel Architecture team of Michael Conroe, Leanne Stepien, Giona Paolercio, Stephanie Vito, of Amherst, New Tork; and the Studio NU team of Athanas Fontaine, Chad Brintall, Michael Johnson, of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
      Images of the winning submissions will be available starting in October at All entries will be featured as part of a public exhibition from September 16-18 at Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland and at the Colonial Marketplace Arcade from September 26-October 29th in downtown Cleveland.
     The 2011 Cleveland Design Competition Awards Jury includes an accomplished panel of architects, urban designers and planners with a breadth of educational planning and design experience: Kevin Daly, AIA, Design Principal-in-Charge, Daly Genik from Santa Monica; Steven Turckes, AIA, REFP, LEED AP, K-12 Educational Global Market Leader, Perkins + Will from Chicago; David Mark Riz, AIA, LEEP AP, Principal, KieranTimberlake from Philadelphia; Amy Green Dines, AIA Associate, IIDA, Chair, Art  + Design, College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University; Edward Schmittgen, Executive Director of Capital Planning and University Architect, Cleveland State University; Linda J. Williams Ph.D., Senior Director of Educational Services, WVIZ/Ideastream and former Superintendent. More information about each of the jurors can be found at
    In addition to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the generous contributions of partners and sponsors that made the 2011 Cleveland Design Competition possible include – Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland State University, Campus International School, Vocon, Westlake Reed Leskosky, Bustler, and the Colonial Marketplace Arcade. Those interested in becoming a 2012 Cleveland Design Competition sponsor should contact the competition organizers at

About the Cleveland Design Competition:
The Cleveland Design Competition is co-founded and organized by architectural professionals Michael Christoff and Bradley Fink with the advisory support of Steve Rugare of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The Cleveland Design Competition is an open, single-stage ideas competition that generates architectural designs for important projects on under-utilized sites in Cleveland, Ohio. In its first year in 2007, the competition saw 70 teams from 10 countries submit ideas for Irishtown Bend in Ohio City. In 2008, 55 teams from 15 countries submitted ideas for an Intergenerational Playscape in Detroit Shoreway. Last year, 80 teams from 16 countries submitted ideas for a state-of-the-art multimodal transportation center planned for Cleveland’s Lakefront.

About the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative:
The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) is the combined home of Kent State University’s graduate program in urban design and the public service activities of the Urban Design Center of Northeast Ohio (UDC). The CUDC provides real-world learning opportunities for Kent State students and allows the UDC staff to provide design services to the entire region served by Kent State's eight campuses, with a particular emphasis on sustained relationships with Cleveland’s community development corporations and the network of non-profit organizations supporting them. In addition to its resident academic and public service functions, the CUDC seeks to improve the quality of life in Northeast Ohio through a range of research and advocacy activities. Through design services, research, advocacy, and the professionals it trains, the CUDC works to build a sustainable and vibrant regional future based on ideas that work to: encourage ecological integrity, protect natural and cultural resources, stimulate economic prosperity, and enhance the public realm.

About the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy:
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation, and taxation of land. Providing high quality education and research, the Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy. As a private operating foundation, whose origins date to 1946, we seek to inform decision-making through education, research, policy evaluation, demonstration projects, and the dissemination of information, policy analysis, and data through publications, our Web site, and other media. By bringing together scholars, practitioners, public officials, policymakers, journalists and involved citizens, the Lincoln Institute integrates theory and practice and provides a nonpartisan forum for multidisciplinary perspectives on public policy concerning land, both in the U.S. and internationally.



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