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Winners chosen in Student Logo Design Competition

May 4, 2015

As part of the process of developing a new graphic identity in print and online, the new college uniting the Schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs announced two winners in its Student Logo Ideas Competition. First Place was awarded to second year architecture student Karina Garcia, and fourth year architecture student Olakunle Oni was chosen as the Second Place winner.

The winning submissions were selected on May 1, 2015 after a public discussion and presentation by a jury of esteemed professionals, faculty and alumni. The jury included:

David E. Kozack, UTA Alumnus, Vice President I Director of EXPlore (branding), HKS
Mi Hyun Kim, Visual Communication Senior Lecturer, UTA
Brian Barnum, Designer
George Gintole, Associate Professor, Architecture, UTA
Scott Schwieterman, Brand Designer at Gensler (previously RTKL)

Founding dean Nan Ellin was pleased with the quality and creativity of the twenty-five entries submitted by students from both of the soon-to-be-united schools. "There was a tremendous amount of thought and work put into these and they generated a very lively discussion among our jurors," she said.

The entries were guided by the new college's vision statement, in which the entity "interweaves the unique gifts and expertise of each person and profession to co-create urban, ecological, and social fabrics that unleash the inherent potential of places and communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond." Students were encouraged to consider the many different aspects of the new college's branding, including the website and social media, as well as print media, signage, business cards and letterheads.

The logo competition was intended as an exchange of design concepts and idea generation, so while the winning submissions are not guaranteed to become the final design for the new college, the ideas and the subsequent discussion they generated will help inform the college's eventual logo design.

The competition winners will receive a $250 award (First Place) and $150 award (Second Place). Beyond that, they have the potential to make a real and lasting contribution to the new college and its public face.

first place

First Place Winner, Karina Garcia

second place

Second Place Winner, Olakunle Oni