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Student-produced project shortlisted for an Architizer A+ Award

Posted by March 7, 2014

The Riverlands Avian Observatory, a project designed, fabricated, and built by WUSTL architecture students, has been shortlisted for an Architizer A+ Award.

Now in its second year, the program honors the best architecture, spaces, and products from around the world. The observatory project is one of five up for consideration in the Student Design/Build Project category, with the winner voted on by a professional jury.

In addition, there is a Popular Choice Award that is determined by an online public vote. Voting is open now through March 21 on the Architizer A+ Awards website; make your voice heard!

The Riverlands Avian Observatory is located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, an area that represents an important habitat for great blue herons, bald eagles, gulls, geese, pelicans, and other wildlife that, each spring and fall, migrate along the Mississippi flyway.

Working in collaboration with the Audubon Center at Riverlands and the Army Corps of Engineers' Rivers Project Office, more than two dozen architecture students spent nine months working on all facets of the project under the leadership of visiting assistant professors Andrew Colopy and Ken Tracy.

One of the key challenges students faced was designing a structure that would keep human observers from disturbing the animals in their natural environment. To that end, students reimagined the surrounding landscape to minimize the disturbance to sensitive species, and studied the performance and culture use of camouflage, which greatly influenced the development of the structure's exterior.

Students on the project team included: Nike Cao, Emily Chen, Wassef Dabboussi, Duan Duan, Can Fu, Jina Kim, Masha Konopleva, Chun Liu, Joe Lomas, Yiyang Min, David Orndorff, Yiming Pan, Glenn Park, Chris Quinlin, Yu Rong, James Struthers, Yilong Wang, Nash Waters, Hao Wu, Yao Xia, Yu Xin, Shuojin Yang, Haosheng Zhang and Han Zhu.

To learn more about the project, watch the video above, read this news story, or visit the Architizer+ Awards website. And be sure to cast your vote by March 21!