BLT Architects to Hold Second Annual Student Design Sketch Competition

21 August 2012 | Member News

BLT Architects announced that it will be holding its 2nd Annual Student Design Sketch Competition at

Students from the mid-Atlantic region of the United States are invited to propose imaginative design ideas for a mixed-use development that includes a public space at the corner of Lehigh Avenue and North Broad Street in Philadelphia. The stretch of North Broad Street between the Temple University Main Campus and the Health Science Campus to the north is a once vital area that desperately needs investment. The winner will be offered a paid internship at BLT Architects for Summer 2013, and select entries will be posted on the BLTa website for 180 days. Finalists and the winner will be announced October 29th.

“We are excited to once again be holding the Student Design Sketch Competition,” explained Michael Ytterberg, Principal of BLT Architects. “This competition provides a unique opportunity for students to really use their skills and creativity to wow us in hopes of winning an internship position. Last year was a tremendous success and I've enjoyed working with the winner, Brian and runner-up, Sharadan.”

Last year's winner, Brian Johnson states, "I really learned to focus on the big ideas with such a short design period" and "the experience that I have received since I was hired at BLTa after winning the competition has been better than any firm I have worked at so far. Everyone here does everything they can to help interns through the NCARB and IDP process by organizing presentations and trips to projects of all phases that the firm is currently working on."

BLTa has long been recognized for its innovative work in mixed-use projects and students are required to develop a mixed-use facility of retail, apartments, and parking in their design. Designs will be judged based on the following criteria:

Creative Approach:
The design response is innovative and inspirational.
The design addresses critical urban issues.

Response to Site:
The design responds to the physical aspects of site.
The design responds to the urban context.

The design considers the building’s environmental impact and energy use.
The design considers social sustainability, occupant lifestyle and wellbeing.

Planning and building organization is clear and appropriate.
There is a clear structural, technical, and constructional rationale.

The competition is open to all registered university students in the mid-Atlantic region; Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C. All rules, regulations, and deadlines are available at

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