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BLT Architects Announce 2015 Student Design Competition

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Slinging burgers this summer? Wilting in a mid-floor cubicle? How does a paid internship at BLT Architects for the summer of 2016 sound? The Philadelphia-based firm has announced the dates for the Fifth Annual Student Design Competition, open to students enrolled in an architectural program at an NAAB or CACB accredited school during the 2015 academic year. You've got until August 14th to submit your materials. This year's competition asks your help in a re-design for a massive midcentury modern on North Broad Street.

Via BLT Architects, the Philadelphia firm behind the upcoming 15th Street Station redo and East Market, "the mission of the competition is to provide maximum freedom to the participants in proposing imaginative and sustainable building design ideas."

"The goal is to generate a conceptual design/master plan for a mixed-use development that will be the highest and best use of the site of the Leon Sullivan Service Center (below)." The Service Center, located at 1415 N. Broad Street near Temple University, houses a variety of health care, educational and other social services organizations.

Constructed in 1966, it was developed by the Zion Non-Profit Charitable Trust, now the Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust, which still owns the building.

Per BLT Architects, "the designs should develop this prime site along Broad Street with an urban scheme that supports the neighborhood, serves both the student population and the full time residents, and generates income for the support of the continuing charitable mission of the Sullivan Trust. The new development will honor the memory of Reverend Sullivan and be a testament to the power of helping the disadvantaged to be self-reliant and assume a productive role in society."
"Our student design competition is a great opportunity for students to be challenged with a real-world design project and have the chance to secure a paid internship with the firm," said BLTa Principal Michael R. Ytterberg, Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP. "We look forward to reviewing high quality submissions for the fifth year in a row."

Head on over to the Facebook page to learn more, and may the best design win.

(Top image and images below via past winners Victor Hugo De Souza Azevedo, University of Virginia; Bong Hei Wong, Philadelphia University; and Marco Aguilera, University of Hartford; respectively)

· Mid-Century Mundane [Wordpress]
· BLT Architects