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Award winning student design featured in Italian exhibit

August 21, 2006

Students' Architecture Design to be Featured in Venice, Italy Art Exhibition


Media contact: Susan M. Slupecki, (817) 272-7078,

The model of a winning design entry by two University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture students will be exhibited next month at the Venice Biennale, a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years in Venice, Italy.

The winning entry to the New Orleans Prototype Housing competition, “The Porch House,” was submitted by architecture senior Amin Gilani and architecture alumnus Josh Spoerl.

The “Reconstructing the Gulf Coast” design competition—sponsored by Architectural Record magazine and the School of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans—sought to generate ideas for the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast. More than 500 architects and students of architecture submitted designs for multi-family projects and single family homes to the Katrina Design Competition.

The students were sponsored by Architecture Professors Bijan Youssefzadeh and Heath MacDonald. The winning design was announced in May. It has previously been exhibited at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans and was featured in the June issue of Architectural Record.

Additional photographs of the winning design may be found at

NOLA model