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TAS Students Succeed in 54th Annual San Francisco High School Architecture Design Competition

TAS Students Succeed in 54th Annual San Francisco High School Architecture Design Competition

By Brooke Burns, Communications Manager

Three students from the Architecture and Honors Architecture classes submitted entries, that addressed an extensive design brief, to the 53rd Annual Architectural Foundation High School Design competition (AFSF). TAS is pleased to announce that this year, Feronia L. ’24, Devin C. ’24, and Jenesse L. ’24 represented Taipei American School!

Interior view accents the design blending with the outdoor natural light.

In 2023, the AFSF brought together 158 talented participants from 21 high schools in 3 US States and seven countries, from the US, China, and Germany, to India, Pakistan, Romania, South Korea, and Taiwan, who submitted a combined total of 71 entries. This competition celebrates youthful ingenuity and architectural innovation by offering students unique and real-world problems impacting San Francisco.

This year, participants were tasked with creating designs for a Park Space and a “Production, Distribution and Repair” (PDR) Collective next to existing wetlands along Islais Creek in San Francisco. According to the AFSF, the PDR Collective represents, “an opportunity to grow the local business presence and provide space for artists, makers, nonprofits, and other bedrocks of the community. The location of this new space will increase public access to the waterfront and create a new gathering space for the community.” Centering community at the heart of the design was a familiar and very important goal for our students!

Open space, sweeping lines and a strong sense of community.

The students rose to the occasion, envisioning dozens of sustainable creations that preserved and supported the wetlands, and created a pathway for access to this natural space for the local community, without compromising on conservation efforts.

Feronia L. ’24 placed second in the “Best Individual Design, Overall Superiority” category for her project, “Pier 94 Ecocentre.” Her innovative approach to sustainable architecture and urban planning left a lasting impression on the judges. The project aimed to transform Pier 94 into an ecological hub that not only addressed climate concerns but also catered to the city's housing needs.

Devin C. ’24 secured third-place recognition for his project, "The Terrace, Pier 94.” His vision for Pier 94 combined striking design elements with functional and equitable spaces, presenting a comprehensive solution to the competition's multifaceted challenge.

Competing for the “Best Design Process Presentation,” Jenesse L. ’24 took third place for "Wawe.” Her meticulous approach to showcasing the design journey and thoughtful considerations demonstrated a deep understanding of the design process.

Congratulations to Feronia, Devin, and Jenesse, for putting their talent and hard work to the test in this competition focused on critical urban issues; the future of architecture is in capable hands!