The Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas is home to the College of Architecture. This program was created in 1927 and provides a college architecture degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Many alumni go on to accomplish great things. Just recently, two alumni from the Texas Tech College of Architecture won awards at the 41st Annual Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition. A faculty member of the university, as well as alumnus were also recognized as finalists at the awards ceremony.


A look at the Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition

The competition is well known nationally and internationally in the architecture world. Those who enter are judged based on architectural drawings, and awards are presented by the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. All entries for the competition must be architectural in nature, and created by one individual. There are two categories for entry including professional eligibility and student eligibility. Professionals must work in an architectural related field, but is not required that they be employed during the time of submission. Students who currently attend a high school or college, pursuing a degree in architecture or design, are also eligible to enter the competition. Each submission requires a small fee, and winners in different categories receive a cash prize.


2015 Awards ceremony

This year's award ceremony actually took place on Thursday, October 29th. Those in attendance were able to sit through a wine reception and listen to a lecture and presentation of the awards. The awards ceremony was at Alto 211 in Dallas, Texas. This year there were about 424 entries from over 28 countries around the world. Awards were presented in the categories of Professional Hand, Student Hand, Professional/ Digital Mix, 3D Print, Student Digital/Mixed, Physical Submission, and Travel Sketch. Finalists for each category were also announced. All work created by the winners and finalists can be viewed on the competition's website.


Finalists and winners from Texas Tech college of Architecture

Martin Medina, an alumnus of Texas Tech University, won the category of Student 3D Print. He submitted work that he completed in a former Tech professor's class while in attendance of the college. A second piece of work submitted by Medina was also a finalist piece in this category. Currently, Medina is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and works for a Dallas based firm, known as Omniplan Architects. Mane Nalbandyan received her bachelor's degree from Texas Tech in 2008, and went on to complete her graduate work at Pratt Institute in New York City. She won the Student Digital/ Mix Media category for work she completed while at the Pratt Institute. Bennett Neiman, who is currently a Texas Tech Professor, was chosen as finalist in the Professional Digital/ Mix Media category.


Other important Texas Tech alumni

Josh Nason was the competition's moderator, and previously attended Texas Tech's College of Architecture program, while also worked as a visiting assistant professor. Virginia Thompson, a Texas Tech alumna played a role in the development of the competition, alongside well known architect and alumnus, Steve Oles.