High Performance Building Design Competition, perFORM 2015, Picks up Steam

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Hammer & Hand's perFORM 2015 Building Design Competition challenges emerging architectural professionals to design a zero energy mid-rise building in Portland, Oregon. Submissions are due June 19th 11:59pm PT.

perFORM 2015 Building Design Competition

"This year’s zero energy, medium-rise building typology has really struck a chord,” said Sam Hagerman, co-owner of Hammer & Hand.

perFORM 2015, Hammer & Hand’s second annual building design competition, appears to be capturing the attention of North America’s emerging architectural professionals. Six weeks out from the June 19th submission deadline, registrations for this year’s competition are more than double last year’s at the same stage.

“We’re excited to see the great response,” said Sam Hagerman, co-owner of Hammer & Hand. “We started the competition to encourage architecture students and interns to explore the nexus between high performance building and high design, and this year’s zero energy, medium-rise building typology has really struck a chord.”

(Visit http://hammerandhand.com/perform/design-competition/ for details about the competition, including eligibility requirements, project board templates, perFORM energy verification tool, and more.)

perFORM 2015 challenges architecture students and interns to design a zero energy, multifamily, mixed use building in Portland, Oregon. The competition’s design site is a new parcel of real estate in inner NE Portland created by the removal of a portion of NE Sandy Boulevard.

Architectural students and interns based in the United States and Canada are eligible to compete, either as individuals or as part of a team. A jury of design professionals and educators, headed up by Prof. Peter Keyes of the University of Oregon, will judge the entries based on the criteria of resourcefulness, replicability, and beauty. The jury will distribute $6,000 in prize money among competition winners.

One sign that perFORM 2015 has gained traction is the fact that the competition’s design problem is being used by architectural educators as a teaching tool.

“We’re particularly excited to see perFORM 2015 being featured in design studio coursework at the university level,” said Hagerman. “Faculty from the University of Oregon, University of Idaho, University of Arkansas and several other schools have incorporated the competition into their studios.”

The perFORM 2015 jury will deliberate in July and announce winners later this summer. To view last year’s winning entries, visit: http://hammerandhand.com/perform/design-competition/perform-2014/

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