Sun Devil Auto Reaches Out to Arizona State University Design Students for the Ultimate Urban Design Challenge

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On Wednesday, November 3 Sun Devil Auto, a leader in the automotive repair aftermarket industry is offering Arizona State University architectural and landscape design students an opportunity to participate in the Ultimate Urban Design Challenge. The focus is on one of the company’s oldest stores located at 202 W. Van Buren in downtown Phoenix. Facility construction began in 1929 and was completed it in 1931; the property is in need of “curb appeal”.

Sun Devil Auto: Complete Auto Repair, Established in 1978, Family owned and operated

On November 3, Sun Devil Auto an Arizona-grown, family-owned and operated auto-repair company offering complete repair in the automotive aftermarket industry is inviting Arizona State University design students to participate in Sun Devil Auto’s Ultimate Urban Design Challenge. When asked about what the owners were hoping to accomplish, marketing director Jackie Carro said “the company is looking for a retrospective design concept that effectively captures the Sun Devil Auto brand of the late 70’s, (home-grown, family-owned, community, grassroots marketing) while also reflecting a more modern-day, sophisticated level of auto repair services that it offers: state-of-the art diagnostics, alternative to the dealership, 'green' approach to recycling liquids, oil, etc. Successfully melding this design concept with Sun Devil Auto’s 'vintage' 1931 location set in the urban arts district of downtown Phoenix will present the ultimate challenge.”

Sun Devil Auto is looking for teams that are comprised of students studying any/some/all disciplines: architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, visual communication design, and environmental science are encouraged to participate and generate a 24” x 60” vertical board reflecting paint, fixtures, landscape, sculptural, window décor, architectural details (fascia) and ideas. (Recommendations must be compliant with city of Phoenix ordinances.)

There will be awards as follows: Third Place Team ~ $250, Second Place Team ~ $500, First Place Team ~ $1000.

Sun Devil Auto Launches the Urban Design Challenge on November 3, 2010.
Design Teams Apply online via from November 3-December 27, 2010.
Interview Process and Board Presentation by teams date to be scheduled in January, 2011 (post winter break).
Notification of Awards for first, second & third place will occur on February 1, 2011.

Team members will have an opportunity to consult (for hire) in implementing the project. Sun Devil Auto staff will facilitate contractors, vendors, individuals needed for project implementation. Interested parties are encouraged to visit Fill out an online form. Questions may be emailed to MarketingDept(at)SunDevilAuto(dot)com.

About Arizona State University’s School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture: Arizona State University’s School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture brings together the expertise of architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, visual communication design, and environmental science.

About Sun Devil Auto: There are 21 Sun Devil Auto locations in metropolitan Phoenix. Established in 1978, the full service automotive repair company has successfully established an Arizona presence and recently has expanded into the NV and TX markets with 4 and 3 additional stores respectively.

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