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Architecture students earn kudos after ACSA competition


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Najwan Yassin, 1st Prize


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Carla Aramouni, 3rd Prize


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Aicha Abbas, Honorable Mention


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Dr. Abdallah Sfeir, Dean, School of Engineering & Architecture


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Prof. Antoine Romanos


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Prof. Elie Haddad

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June 5, 2003—

Three of LAU’s final year architecture students were awarded top prizes and honors for the ACSA 2002–2003 Dupont-Benedictus competition, setting a precedent for the first-time entrants to the prestigious American event.

Najwan Yassin won First Prize, Carla Aramouni got Third Prize and Aicha Abbas received an Honorable Mention in the yearly contest organized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and sponsored by the Dupont company.

The 2002–2003 DuPont Benedictus Student Design Competition asked architecture students to design a bank for a small town on a site of the students’ choosing. The competition challenged students and faculty to address architectural issues surrounding the use of laminated glass in a theoretical design problem while exploring the various uses and applications of laminated glass as a building material.

Faculty advisors Prof. Elie Haddad (Najwan and Aicha) and Prof. Antoine Romanos (Carla) echoed the pride of Dr. Abdallah Sfeir, dean of LAU’s School of Engineering & Architecture, saying their students had put the school on the American architectural map.

ACSA membership is limited to U.S.-based schools of architecture. LAU is an affiliate member. In last year’s competition 555 students from 33 U.S. schools and 40 schools from other countries submitted entries to the contest.

More information at http://www.dupontbenedictus.com/press.html (see “11th Annual DuPont Benedictus Awards ® Winners Announcement” and “Students from Lebanon and Spain with top three awards in DuPont Benedictus Awards competition”


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