Academy of Art University Alumnus is One of Five Finalists in International Design Competition

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Sukkahville 2012 challenges participants to create affordable housing solutions based on concept of Temporary Shelter; Finalists to display work in Toronto September 30.

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“As a student at the Academy, the experiences I cherished the most were the hands-on learning moments, just like this Sukkahville competition,” Ion Popian, Academy of Art University.

Academy of Art University alum Ion Popian is one of five finalists in the Sukkahville 2012 design competition taking place in Toronto, Canada next week. Sukkahville 2012 challenged participants to use the concept of temporary shelter to work toward a permanent solution for affordable housing. Sponsorship and funds raised will be directed to a rental assistance program. The design competition will culminate in a fun and fabulous Pop-up Design Exhibition to which the community is invited to attend.

Popian, who received his master’s degree in Architecture Design from Academy of Art University, is one of five finalists chosen from 42 submissions from all over the world. Architects and artists, design professionals and students, individuals and teams, submitted their designs with a goal of being chosen to participate in the Pop-up Design Exhibition on September 30, 2012 at Mel Lastman Square. The interactive experience will feature a hands-on build opportunity by Habitat for Humanity, an awards ceremony, and an opportunity to walk through the structures and meet the artists. The exhibition will remain on display until the evening of October 3rd.

“The Sukkahville competition challenges designers to come up with a solution to a real-world problem, which is exactly the approach the Academy of Art University uses to prepare students for the art and design jobs of today’s innovation economy,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “We are enormously proud of Ion for being one of the five finalists chosen to display his work in Toronto and wish him and the other finalists the best of luck next week.”

Support for Sukkahville comes from corporate sponsorships and private donors.
A Sukkah is the name of the symbolic temporary dwelling celebrated during the Jewish festival of Sukkot and mentioned in the bible as shelter in the wilderness.

“As a student at the Academy, the experiences I cherished the most were the hands-on learning moments, just like this Sukkahville competition,” said Popian. “As an artist, there are always new things to discover and learn and this competition has helped me continue to develop my creative skills. Someday, I hope to be a teacher so that I can expose my students to challenges like this. I was fortunate to have many hands-on learning experiences at the Academy and think that has a lot to do with my success in the field today.”

About the Academy of Art University
Academy of Art University, the largest private university of art and design in the United States, is educating students for the art and design jobs of the 21st Century. Established in 1929, the Academy is an output-based higher education model that provides open admissions to all students, but imposes a rigorous curriculum that requires the students to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates a mastery of their field in order to graduate. Students are taught by a faculty of professionals from the existing marketplace, which provides them with an understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s business environment. The Academy’s hands-on curriculum produces graduates that possess great artistic and design skills -- and equally as important, the ability to put those talents to work immediately after graduation. As a result, Academy graduates are ready to compete for and win the jobs of the 21st Century in 19 fields: Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography and Web Design & New Media. Academy of Art University is accredited by WASC, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Formerly FIDER), (BFA-IAD), and NAAB (M-ARCH). Visit for more information.

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