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Enter the d3 Natural Systems 2012 Architecture Design CompetitionJuly 1st, 2012

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New York-based d3 has just launched its annual d3 Natural Systems competition, calling for architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential of nature-based influences in architecture, interiors, and designed objects. d3 is asking for innovative proposals that promote sustainable thought and performance. Design submissions must be environmentally responsible while advancing inventive conceptual solutions. Although proposals should be technologically feasible, they may suggest fantastical architectural visions of a sustainable global future. Check out the complete details on d3’s site. Registration must be completed by July 1, 2012, and entries are due July 15, 2012.

July 1st, 2012

July 15th, 2012



First Place : $1000 cash prize
Second Place: $500 cash prize
Third Place: $250 cash prize


Illya is a registered architect, artist, and Director of Design at the plusLAB, a New York-based experimental arts group that works across multiple disciplines. Illya's cross-disciplinary design approach has given him opportunities to write and lecture extensively on collaborative processes and his work. He is currently a faculty member at CUNY and SVA-School for Visual Arts in Manhattan, and has lectured at Pratt Institute, New York Institute of Technology, and Pennsylvania State University. His award-winning work has been shown in Austria, Germany, Korea, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and throughout the United States. His critical essays and projects have been published in the New York Times, The Village Voice, and Oculus Magazine. Illya serves as Vice President for Design Excellence at the AIA New York Chapter. He is a member of the advisory board for Fulcrum magazine and co-chairs the Exhibitions Committee at the Center for Architecture in New York

Mark Gardner was named Senior Associate at Stephan Jaklitsch Architects in 2005 and became a Principal of Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects in 2011. He received his education at the Georgia Institute of Technology and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where he received his M.Arch and now teaches. He is committed to practicing architecture as a socially beneficial art form. Gardner takes a serious interest in the nexus of architecture and art, one of longstanding importance to both his professional practice and to his writings. He was a contributor to Pamphlet Architecture 23 MOVE/Sites of Trauma (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003) by Johanna Dickson and co-wrote the firm’s monograph: Habits, Patterns, Algorithms (ORO, 2009) with Stephan Jaklitsch. Gardner serves as Business Development Chair on the Board of SUPERFRONT, an organization located in New York and Los Angeles that fosters the exchange between architecture and other disciplines by sponsoring exhibitions, panels, and publications. Gardner is Vice-President and Mentoring Chair for NYCOBA, the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

JACKSON_meg Meg Jackson is a lecturer in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston and founder and director of megapixelstudios, a multidisciplinary design and consulting firm. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University GSAPP where she was the recipient of an American Institute of Architects Certificate and the Nauheim Grant. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art and Architecture from Middlebury College and traveled around the world as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Her portfolio includes work at Atopia in New York City, RTKL Associates and award-winning work at Baltimore based Ziger Snead Architects. Prior to teaching at University of Houston, she has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the Maryland Institute College of Art and at Texas A and M University as well as been an invited jurist to many other institutions. She contributes as a designer for the Houston-based architecture firm, Context3.

Vanessa Keith is the Principal of Studioteka, a registered architect, and educator. She received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the recipient of the Dean's Merit Scholarship, won the Dales Portfolio Competition, and was awarded the Will Melhorn Prize in Architecture for her work in architectural theory. While at Penn, she was also granted the Lewis Davis and AIA Fellowships for academic excellence and achievement in drawing. Vanessa received a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, graduating with a concentration in Economic and Political Development and a focus area in urban planning. A Dean's Fellow while at SIPA, she was involved with the organization Megacities in evaluating innovation transfer projects in Cairo, Bombay, and Manila, and collaborated on projects with the United Nations Center for Human Settlements' National Committee for HABITAT. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, with a major in eastern philosophy and religion. Vanessa is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. She previously taught graduate design studios at Columbia University and Pratt Institute.

MANNING-SPINDT_brian Brian Manning-Spindt is currently a member of the faculty of the Raffles Design Institute at Dong Hua University in Shanghai, China. As a Lecturer in Interior Architecture, Brian teaches design studios, courses in professional practice, advanced building technologies and visual studies seminars in digital visualization, animation and techniques of graphic representation. Brian’s research focuses on transportation infrastructure, the development of sustainable residential typologies and re-surfacing the contextual urban fabric in Asia. he has been invited as a visiting critic at Columbia University, the New York Institute of Technology and the University of Puerto Rico. Prior to Teaching in Asia, Brian was a designer and project manager for Cleanroom design lab in New York, developing an interdisciplinary focus in digital fabrication techniques and multimedia installations. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and completed a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. While in Puerto Rico, Brian spent twelve years in the performing arts while simultaneously serving as a creative director for the multimedia production firm, Ellip-c Interactive.

Michael Morris is the principal and former partner with the late Yoshiko Sato of the multidisciplinary architecture firm Morris Sato Studio based in New York City since 1996. Internationally recognized for their architecture, design and art collaborations, Morris and Sato have built and exhibited projects in North America, Europe, and Asia. They are the recipients of numerous professional honors and their work has appeared in leading journals, periodicals, and books. Michael received his BFA in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design and BARCH from The Cooper Union in New York City. In addition to multiple academic and professional honors and awards, in 1991 Morris was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland, and the Paris Prize for urban design proposals for Dublin and New York. In 2000, Morris and Sato received an honorable mention for their Architecture for Humanity's competition entry for Kosovo Refugee Housing. In collaboration with public artist Jody Pinto, Morris and Sato were selected in 2003 as semi-finalists for the September 11 Memorial Competition in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since 1993, Morris has taught architectural design studios at Parsons The New School for Design where his research and studio assignments have focused upon ecological urbanism and sustainable design.

Sandra McKee is a principal of the New York- and Tokyo-based firm Yoshihara McKee Architects. Prior to establishing her own practice, she was project director at Rafael Vinoly architects where she collaborated on various projects including the Tokyo Forum, Lehman College Sports Facility, Philadelphia Kimmel Center, Carl Icahn Laboratory at Princeton University, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and the City College School of Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada. Sandra is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University and Fordham University and acts as a visiting critic at design schools including Yale, Columbia, Pratt Institute, and CUNY. Sandra is a registered architect in New York State and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Christina Noble, AIA, LEED AP founder of Contour Architecture, brings over 10 years experience in community-focused architecture and has a special affection for projects focused on revitalizing communities through sensitive, inclusive and sustainable design. She understands architecture as a setting for life’s events, and uses this as inspiration to create environments that are meaningful and functional. Christina’s past experience has been with community focused and environmentally responsible projects ranging across a broad spectrum of building types. She has worked on numerous high-profile projects in her career including collegiate, mixed-use, government, and private development projects. Christina is a fifth-generation Arizona native who feels passionately about making a difference in her local community – through the projects she completes as well as through active engagement with various community groups. She volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, is a Rice University alumni interviewer, and a mentor for Free Arts of Arizona in addition to participating with the Urban Land Institute and the Phoenix Community Alliance. Christina serves as the Senior Director of AIA Forward, the national design journal for the American Institute of Architects.

Kerry is a New York-based architect at Gluckman Mayner Architects in Manhattan. She previously worked for Rafael Vinoly Architects and holds the MSAAD degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.