BSAS student Lila Guizado takes 3rd place at NOMA national design competition

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lila Guizado, BSAS 2014, received the Third Place Award of $750 in the national 2013 Barbara G. Laurie NOMA Student Design Competition for her design of a "Smart Growth Hub" (SGH). She was presented this competitive award at the National Organization of MInority Architects (NOMA) 41st Annual Conference & Exhibition in Indianapolis. Michael Ford, architect with FLAD Architects, Madison, noted that Guizado "is great and wowed everyone as she beat out a number of great submissions by larger teams."

The NOMA design competition brief called for the development of a carbon neutral mixed-used transit oriented development to be located at the intersection of E 25th Street and the Monon Trail in Indianapolis. The proposed facility was to serve as a “Community Connector” creating a node of local services connecting the adjacent communities of Martingdale-Brightwood and King Park. Guizado deigned a Smart Growth Hub that she describes as "integrating a striking bike trail bridge, shopping centers, a train station, and a state-of-the-art performance center to define a prominent urban site. SGH provides a sense of place, a walkable urban environment that invites the adjacent communities to engage with people in a unique setting." NOMAS@UWM faculty liaison and competition advisor Gil Snyder noted that "Lila worked hard to develop a design that incorporated urban density within the context of a vibrant urban landscape. Her evocative renderings skillfully captured her ideas about place-making and surface development." Lila Guizado serves as the 2013-14 Vice President of the NOMAS@UWM Chapter