Congratulations to the 2015 Blueprint for Functional Sustainability Competition Winners

Danielle Vitoff

On Friday, June 5th the Alliance held a final judging event to choose the winners of the 2015 Blueprint for Functional Sustainability Competition. Fourteen finalists were chosen from the seven, second-year and first-year-graduate studios at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The students in these seven studios were designing a Residential Environmental Science Campus for Joshua Tree National Park, to explore the needs of an actual project that is underway ( The program included 26,000 square feet of built space and outdoor areas that enhance learning and connect to the park. Beyond their studio requirements, the Blueprint for Functional Sustainability Competition asked participants to consider holistic sustainability at the deepest level, specifically in relation to the following question:

How do you move beyond sustainable design to design strategies that ensure sustainable operation?

Judges representing Southern California Gas, the local green building community, and the “clients” (individuals working to raise money to realize this project) reviewed the fourteen finalists designs during an action packed afternoon. The judges were so impressed with the work of the students, two honorable mentions were selected to be recognized, beyond the planned first and second place. Hiba Charek, second year, received the first place award and $1,500 towards her tuition, for a design that recognized that the primary user of the Residential Environmental Science Campus were students. Josue Soma, second year, received the second place award and $500 towards his tuition, for a monumental design recognizing the desert environment. Linda Marton, first-year graduate, and Karl Kachele, second year, both received honorable mentions and $250 each towards their tuition.

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