Ashland Performance Materials and the architectural division of the American Composite Manufacturers Association (ACMA) are sponsoring the first Composites In Architecture Design Challenge. The competition is aimed at generating greater awareness of the uses and benefits of composites among the next generation of architects and engineers. The leading entrants of the Composites Design Challenge will exhibit their designs at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia, USA in May 2016.

Fifteen teams from universities across North America have participated in this material research and design challenge. Student teams were asked to use composite material construction to develop a novel architectural building component or assembly. The students were encouraged to explore and invent new and radical architectural designs.

‘Composites are no longer considered a material of the future, they are used in a number of building and construction applications today,’ said Kevin Lambrych, Ashland Performance Materials industry manager for fire retardant resin. ‘Educating the next generation of architects and engineers on the benefits and uses of composites will enable new ideas and allow for further advances in the use of composites in architecture.’

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