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2014 Call for Entries


The AIA Frank Maier High School Design Competition is an annual architectural design challenge sponsored by the Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Frank Maier, a Juneau Architect, started this program in 1965 and managed it personally for the first twenty years. Following his death in 1991, the AIA elected to name the competition in his honor. Now, in its fifth decade of success, the competition continues to expose Alaskan high school students to architecture and the profession.

The competition is currently a statewide effort of the AIA, with competition development, assistance, and adjudication being shared amongst the three Sections of the Alaska Chapter – Northern (based in Fairbanks), Southeast (based in Juneau), and Central (based in Anchorage).


Eligibility: Any student (grade 9-12) presently enrolled in Alaska high school classes may submit one entry.

Time Allowed: Competition work shall be accomplished between January 22nd and April 25, 2014. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 25th.

All competition work shall be performed by the entrant under the supervision of a high-school faculty member, preferably, but not restricted to, an Art, Drawing, Computer-Aided Drafting, or Manual Drafting Instructor. The competition may be accomplished as a part of class work or as an extracurricular project. Entrants may work at home. Competition participation is not intended to be restricted to students currently enrolled in Art, Drawing, or Drafting classes. Additional assistance may be provided from local Architects and staff that are able to visit classrooms.

Required Deliverables: At a minimum, each submittal shall include:

NARRATIVE: Provide a short written statement, approximately a page in length, describing your project in your own words. The narrative should be single spaced in 11 point font. This narrative could include some practical considerations that shaped your design, or a description of why your solution may differ from the provided requirements in some way. Attach the page with a paper clip to the drawing and include the same identification information as the drawings to ensure we will associate the correct narrative with the correct design. The intent is for the design to speak for itself, but the narrative portion is critical and will be reviewed as part of the judging process, and may be used to clarify and establish cause for awards. The narrative portion of the project is a good way for the designer to learn how to express their ideas verbally as well, in preparation for any future presentation of his or her work.

SITE PLAN: At a scale 1” = 200’-0” or larger show your design solution as it relates to its context. Show surrounding features, walkways, potential parking areas and site entry areas, benches, signs, trees or other landscaping and physical features, etc. that show how your design solution would be used, and how this facility will incorporate into its setting.

FLOOR PLAN(S): At a scale of 1/8” = 1’-0”, draw a floor plan for each level of your building (s).

ELEVATIONS: At a scale of 1/8” = 1’-0”, draw at least two elevations of your building best describing your project.

BUILDING SECTION: At a scale of 1/8” = 1’-0”, show a cross section of your building.

OPTIONAL DRAWINGS: If time permits, you may wish to add additional drawings (within the one sheet limit) to your presentation that further describe your design solution. These may include enlarged details to stress the importance of the enclosure or materials, interior or exterior perspectives to highlight the space, vignettes, furniture layouts, diagrams, or other miscellaneous sketches. Keep in mind that the idea is to express your design solution in
Format: Each entrant’s design solution shall be drawn in pencil or ink, and rendered if desired. Printed solutions using CAD are acceptable, either as a basis for rendering or a final submittal. Press-on lettering and other press-on materials are not acceptable (This is different from completing a sketch in another medium and applying it to the sheet, which is acceptable). The project shall be illustrated on ONE sheet that shall measure 22” x 34”. No other sizes will be accepted. Multiple sheets will not be accepted.

Drawing Title:
Somewhere on the sheet in a style and size of lettering of the entrant’s choosing shall appear the following title:
“Wellness Wilderness Retreat”

Student Identification: In the bottom right hand corner (1/2” borders from paper edge) provide a 4 ½” x 3” box divided and labeled as shown below. Fill in the student identification information. (This will be masked prior to

Competition Judging: Judging will be done by a jury of members from the American Institute of Architects and winners will be selected on the following basis:

Quality of Design and Creativity 40%
Success in Satisfying Design Requirements 20%
Graphic Quality, Lettering 20%
Completeness and Clarity 20%

Awards and Notification:
Certificates of achievement and cash prizes will be awarded to the top four entries selected, in the following manner. All projects will be reviewed and given comments describing successes of the design solution and areas for improvement.

First Place Award $350.00
Second Place Award $250.00
Third Place Award $150.00
Fourth Place Award $100.00

All participating schools will be notified of results by e-mail by May 7, 2014, and certificates/Awards placed in the mail by May 9, 2014.
Attn: Richard Rearick, AIA UMIAQ LLC
6700 Arctic Spur Road Anchorage, AK 99518
In addition, the supervising instructor shall airmail in a separate envelope a notice alerting the jury that entries have been mailed. Please include a check for the amount of postage that will be required to return your entries. Checks shall be made payable to: AIA ALASKA CHAPTER.

Tips: Three dimensional drawings are encouraged, but not required. Competitors who have done well in the past usually have included some type of three dimensional drawing, but the quality of the design solution is more heavily weighted. Strive for good line weight contrast to assist in explaining the design through drawing. The most common shortcoming of student work is faint line quality. Light lines that are hard to see may be passed over by the judges. Entrants should expect drawings to be pinned to a wall and observed from five to six feet away. Be attentive to correct spelling. Bear in mind that the sheet layout is a presentation of the design work as well. Careful consideration should be given to the layout as a design problem that needs a solution.

Also note that consideration will be given to hand drawn presentations versus CAD produced presentations. Both styles should be considered an art form, and both can be done in a competent manner to express design intent. It is encouraged to provide forms of both computer drawings and hand drawings to show well-rounded proficiency as an artist and designer. The choice of medium for the delivery of the presentation is again another design problem that needs a solution.


Wellness centers are a growing industry that includes a range of amenities and focus. Some are singular in purpose, such as physical fitness, while others are more comprehensive and offer a variety of services and features. They may be provided as a supplemental service within a hotel or other facility or a destination wellness centers. A destination wellness center is a short term residential/lodging facility with the primary purpose of providing individual services for wellness-goers specific to their interest. Many offer multiple activities such as to develop healthy habits such as spa services, physical fitness activities, yoga, wellness education, healthy cuisine and special interest programming. Many spas were historically developed around locations with naturally occurring hot springs or around sources of mineral water.

The design challenge is to develop a Wellness Wilderness Retreat that offers the amenities of a wellness center in the serene setting of the Alaska wilderness. The center will be open year round as both a summer and winter retreat. The guests will reside at the center for three to ten days. The staff will commute from a nearby location via a shuttle and do not require housing or parking on site. Guest will participate in programs of their choosing. The center will be a place that promotes total wellness both physically and mentally. It will be a place to relax and participate in exercise, meditation, and health and wellness learning activities.

Access to the site is via a gravel access road from the northeast. The site has a slope to the southwest and has both a lake and a natural hot springs. The lake and hot springs should be considered in the overall development of the project. The site is heavily wooded with large white spruce, birch trees, and aspen trees. Any portion of the site may be used for the project but should take advantage of the mountain views to the west and southern exposure. Trails, paths, and boardwalk walkways may be used between portions of the site or out buildings. A common outdoor space should be provided for gatherings of up to 30 people around a fire pit and stage area. Parking should be provided for 30 vehicles, although it is not intended that the guest leave the facility during their stay.

The facility will provide 12 guest rooms to accommodate up to 24 guests. Each guest room shall have two closets, two single beds, two night stands, two dressers, one 32” diameter table, and two chairs. Each guest room shall have one private bathroom with sink, toilet, and bathtub. The guest rooms may be included in the central building or separated from the main building.

The hot springs shall include a deck or boardwalk adjacent to it and a bath house building that includes separate male and female restrooms, changing areas, lockers, and showers. The bath house may be part of the main building or a remote structure but it is required to be in close proximity to the hot springs.

The main facility shall include a covered main entry and reception lobby area, staff office, kitchen with food storage room, dining area, lounge area, quiet reading room or areas, fitness studio, yoga room or area, treatment suites (massage and physical therapy), and restrooms. Other small spaces such as small storage areas or janitor room may be included in addition to the required spaces. The central lounge area should have a fireplace feature and views to the lake and mountains.

Your job is to take the program spaces listed below and create your vision of the wellness retreat. How does the surrounding environment affect your design? How is day lighting use? What types of materials are used?

The areas of individual spaces identified in the program are suggested maximums and may be deviated from by up to
+/-20%. Every programmed space does not have to be a separate room and the designer may use his/her judgment with regards to the separation of spaces. The facility should be no more than two (2) stories tall, or exceed 50’ in overall height. The building should have an obvious main entrance with a covered exterior area at the entrance. Other exterior doors should be provided to access outdoor spaces and as need for egress or convenience requires.

You may give the wellness wilderness retreat a unique name of your choosing to express your vision of the retreat.

Natural lighting
Site development, including pedestrian access, lake access, landscaping and open space.
Views from the building.
Sustainability, such as ways to ventilate or naturally heat and cool the building, as well as other opportunities to reduce, reuse, recycle.
Circulation inside and outside the building.
Relationship of the building to the surrounding context.

Wellness Wilderness Center

Outdoor/Site Amenities:

Parking lot for up to 30 vehicles. Outdoor eating/sitting area with tables and chairs (access door within close proximity to dining or kitchen). Other site amenities to complement your design such as walkways, boardwalks, trails, and landscaping, etc.

provide the following space: Arctic Entry 80 sf Lobby area 100 sf Reception Counter /Staff Office 200 sf Kitchen/Food Storage 500 sf Dining Seating area to seat 28 (with movable tables) 500 sf Quiet Reading Area(s) (may be one area or separate areas) 200 sf Lounge 300 sf Yoga Studio 500 sf Fitness Studio 600 sf Treatment Suites 2 each @ 120s.f. each 240 sf Guest Rooms (including private bathrooms) 12 @ 300 s.f. per room 3,600 sf Public Restrooms in main building - 1 male, 1 female at 200 sf each – 400 sf (see accessibility page for plumbing fixture count) Storage . 50 sf Mechanical Room 100 sf Electrical Room 75 sf Janitor 35 sf Circulation (varies w/ design solution - stairs, elevator, corridors)
Total Area 7,480 sf +/
Bath House
Provide the following space:
Separate male and female facilities 2 @ 350 s.f. each
700 sf+/ (for each provide 1-toilet, 1-urinal at Men’s, 2-showers, 8-lockers, changing area)

The facility needs to comply with the International Building Code, 2009 Edition, and the Federal requirements for accessibility (ADA). Please see accessible design requirements.

This year’s program should offer some great opportunities to be creative and to have fun. Consider the nature of the facility clientele and explore imaginative solutions that are expressive of a health conscious facility.

For questions or comments, please send correspondence to:

Richard Rearick, AIA
6700 Arctic Spur Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99518
(907) 273.1824 |
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