Hnedak Bobo Group Sponsors UT Design Competition for Second Year

December 03, 2010

The Hnedak Bobo Group Global Design Award at the UT College of Architecture and Design is a design-oriented competition for upper-level undergraduate and graduate architecture students. The program recognizes architecture students for exceptional work completed either in groups or individually during their study abroad program.

In its second year, the Hnedak Bobo Group design competition this year presented an interesting challenge for its judges: how to choose winners from among a group of impressive design projects.

"There was such a high quality of work," said juror Rick Gardner, principal at Hnedak Bobo Group and a 1978 alum of the UT architecture program. "It was quite a challenge to see that many project boards and choose winners."

While this might have made Gardner's job as a judge a little tougher, it made his pride for his alma mater swell a bit.

"You want to believe that where you come from is a quality place. You want to take pride in where you come from. I've always been proud of my UT architecture education but looking at these student projects, it was a deeper sense of pride.

"There was an impressive mix of hand-drawn projects showing that these UT architecture students don't rely on technology too much. In our profession, drawing can be a bit of a lost art but it's so important in translating an idea to paper for the first time."

The winners of this year's design competition will split a $5,000 prize. The winners, which all submitted individual projects, were Allison Behnke for her project “Scriptorium Reflection," Amanda Gann for her project "Memories Unveiled," and Annie Stone for her project "Suspension." Gardner presented the winners with their award.

"The work was remarkable in many ways," said Scott Wall, director of the School of Architecture. "Twenty-three projects, representing travel abroad programs in Poland, Finland, Italy, Sweden and more, accounted for the entries to the competition. What was so impressive was the caliber of work shown from each program. Students prompted by international travel, translated their experiences and showed what it takes to communicate their ideas as a professional would. We are very thankful to the Hnedak Bobo Group for giving us the opportunity to award our students for such work."

While judging the UT design competition, the Hnedak Bobo Group also helped judge a similar design competition in the University of Arkansas architecture program. And Thor Hartand, a 2004 UT architecture alum and architectural intern with Hnedak Bobo Group isn't shy about comparing the two programs.

"One of our partners is from the University of Arkansas, and while overall there was great work from both schools, UT's projects were very strong," said Harland, alluding to some friendly competition in the firm. "This was a great moment of pride for us seeing these projects lining the walls in our office. It made me miss being a student at UT a bit."

The Hnedak Bobo Group international design competition will take place for another year with a winner being announced in the 2011 fall semester.

About Hnedak Bobo Group:

A nationally-recognized leader in hospitality, entertainment and mixed-use design, Hnedak Bobo Group is consistently ranked as a Top 15 hospitality design firm and a recognized ‘Best Firm to Work For’ within the U.S. architectural industry. Established in 1979, the firm’s 80-person team located in Memphis includes professionals in architecture, interior design, and project/ development management Tennessee. Representative firm clients include: Gaylord Entertainment, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, FedEx, International Paper, Boyle Investment Company, and numerous Tribal gaming entities nationwide. The firm is led by UT architecture alum Greg Hnedak.