Filipino architect named “Top 20 Under 40 in USA-Midwest” to judge international architecture competition during Greenbuild

San Francisco, CA – (Nov 10, 2012) – Architect Lira Luis will select the winner for the Generation Kingspan 2012 Student Architectural Competition’s Juried Winner in a 2-stage architecture competition that centers on 3 main criteria: design concept, energy efficiency, and use of sustainable design practices. It is open to architecture students in USA and Canada and consisted of a Popular vote and a Juried Panel vote.

This gives entrants two opportunities to win the grand prize. A total of $22,000 in scholarship, cash, software and equipment is at stake including a featured media coverage in Hanley Wood’s Architect magazine, the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects, as well as internship opportunities with architecture firms.

The first stage of the competition (popular vote) started August 1 and continued through November 7. Entries were open to review and voting by the entire public and design community. The winning popular voted entry would be that entry which accrued the most badges. The entries came from leading architecture schools that included Arizona State University, California State University Polytechnic, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, Ball State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of New Mexico, Arch Technical School of New York, University of Oklahoma, Southern Polytechnic State University, Hillsborough Community College, and Darton State College have generated more than a total of 10,500 combined votes.

The second stage of the competition (juried vote) started November 7th and the winner is decided by a panel of  expert judges that includes Lira Luis, AIA, RIBA, NCARB, CeM, LEED AP BD+C who was also National Geographic’s 2010 Aspen Environment Forum Scholar.

The winning designs of the two stages will face-off at the 2012 Greenbuild International Expo in San Francisco, Nov 14-16, 2012 to compete for the title of the overall grand prize winner.

About Greenbuild
Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events.

About Lira Luis, AIA, RIBA, NCARB, CeM, LEED AP BD+C
Lira Luis is a global American architect specializing in organic architecture. She graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, Cum Laude, from the University of Santo Tomas. She holds multiple licenses in Asia, North America, and a Chartered Architect designation in Continental Europe. She has designed an impressive army of diverse and socially-relevant building typographies in Asian and US markets from the small-scale award-winning Portable Transient Shelter Pods to large scale designs for several of the Fortune 100 companies in the US.

In 2010, National Geographic and The Aspen Institute selected her as Environment Forum Scholar. In the same year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected her as recipient of the AIA Athena Young Professional Award. In 2011, she represented the A&D community as one of 4 winners in the Reign In Spain Competition by Tile of Spain. She is one of the Midwest’s most innovative design pros who is making a difference in design as named by i4Design Magazine 2011 Suite 16 Top Picks. In 2012, she is named by Engineering News Record as Midwest’s Top 20 Under 40. Award-winning architect and design correspondent, Lira contributes articles as a resident blogger in Chicago Tribune’s ChicagoNow,  Benjamin Moore’s Expert Architects. and the AIA KnowledgeNet Blog.

About Kingspan
Kingspan is a global manufacturer of insulated metal panels (IMPs) and other innovative building products, whose growth is leading the way to the future of the building industry. As the largest manufacturer of insulated panels in North America, Kingspan has a long tradition of leadership and innovation, playing a key role in the evolution of the global insulated building envelope industry.

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