Young-Hwan Choi Wins Prestigious urbanSHED International Design Competition

Thu. 21 January

First-year architecture student's entry to be built in Lower Manhattan

PennDesign is very excited to share the news announced by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomber that first-year architecture student Young-Hwan Choi has won this year's urbanSHED International Design Competition, organized by the American Institute of Architects.

Young's striking design made his proposal one of three selected for the final round of the competition, and with the assistance of engineer Sarrah Khan and architect Andres Cortes, both of the Agencie Group in New York, his design was hailed by the jury and selected as the winner.

"We're very excited that a PennDesign student--a very talented one--competed so successfully among a large and impressive group of practicing architects," said Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor. "Young's inspiring design shows how an element of everyday urban life can improve our experience of the city and our use of its public sidewalks. Design can, indeed, make a difference."

Young will receive a $10,000 award for his design and the Downtown Alliance will build the first installation of his design at a site in Lower Manhattan.

Congratulations to Young!

Please watch Mayor Michael Bloomberg's announcement here or read the full press release here.



Young-Hwan Choi

Andres Ulises Cortes, AIA LEEDAP

Sarrah Khan, PE LEEDAP

Will Robinette

Zachary Colbert

Todd Montgomery MArch'09, MLA'09