Winners Announced for Design Scholarship
Erin Green posted on November 02, 2015 |

The annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship sets the stage for up-and-coming designers to show off their talents.

Open to students pursuing design-related degrees in post-secondary and graduate programs, the 2015 rendition of the scholarship has its roster of winners.

Vectorworks showcased up-and-coming BIM and CAD design talent in its Design Scholarship competition. (Image courtesy of Vectorworks.)
Vectorworks showcased up-and-coming BIM and CAD design talent in its Design Scholarship competition. (Image courtesy of Vectorworks.)

Entrants submitted designs to three categories, namely architecture, landscape and entertainment. They were challenged to create innovative and stunning ways to reinvent familiar sites, preferably through the use of computer-aided design (CAD) or building information modeling (BIM) software.

Winners were selected from all categories for a grand total of 16 scholarship recipients chosen from a pool of over 2,000 entries.

The scholarship offers two tiers of winnings, the first of which offers $3,000 USD to winners. The grand prize is the Richard Diehl Award, offering $7,000 in addition to first tier winnings. All winnings are applicable to an education in design.

The Grand Title

The 2015 winner, Benno Schmitz, is from the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin and received his scholarship for his stunning design of the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bonn. The concept showcases the power of design in repurposing a landscape through incorporation of its surroundings.
The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bonn, designed by Benno Schmitz, illustrates the effect a simple design can have on a landscape. (Image courtesy of Vectorworks.)
The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bonn, designed by Benno Schmitz, illustrates the effect a simple design can have on a landscape. (Image courtesy of Vectorworks.)

The site chosen was heavily affected by coal and stone mining, leaving industrial ruins and environmental damage. Schmitz’s design for the Museum interacts flawlessly with the sheer rock cliff left behind.

“The whole topography has been changed by humans,” says Schmitz. “The museum brings new culture to this place where I grew up and uses humankind’s impact on the environment to its advantage.

“Without the sheer rock face left behind from the stone quarry, the design wouldn’t be as visually impactful and without the museum, this wasteland of a space wouldn’t be as meaningful,” Schmitz continued. “Only together do they work perfectly.”

Supporting Creative Potential

The contest is a testimony to the next generation of designers and their creative potential. It aims to encourage and to facilitate careers in design-oriented fields such as engineering, architecture, environmental design and urban planning.

In addition to Schmitz’s design, 15 other projects from around the world were recognized as first tier winners by the judges. Designs range from this modernist museum to urban green spaces and interactive cafés.

Winners also received a Vectorworks software license for their school computer labs, as well as training for both students and staff.

About Vectorworks

Vectorworks, Inc., part of the Nemetschek Group, is the developer of Vectorworks CAD and BIM cross-platform software for architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. The company was founded by Richard Diehl, the grand prize’s namesake, to profess a commitment to quality design.

Vectorworks software offers a wide portfolio of tools for designers and architects, including BIM, CAD and 3D rendering engines.

For more information, visit the Vectorworks website.

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