NELMA’s 2nd Outreach to Architects Launched

2012-2013_Poster-webAll the details regarding the 2013 Sustainable Versatility Design Competition are in the hands of Architect and Building Design Professors at Universities and Colleges located throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, plus a few targeted schools in other regions of the U.S. and Eastern Canada.  Following consultations with professors that embraced this year’s competition, a new design challenge was developed for 2013:  Re-imagine the use of Eastern White Pine in the Modern Classroom!  Five questions and considerations are presented to the students on the poster:

  • How can we bring the outside in to stimulate the educational process?
  • How would a more nature-accented design create a more inspirational space to learn?
  • How would you feature Eastern White Pine in the modern classroom?
  • Consider the applications for a library, an outdoor educational center, or as a design accent for or feature of a traditional classroom.
  • Challenge the status quo of industrial educational settings by embracing Eastern White Pine when designing an inspiring academic environment.

In addition, the project must prominently feature Eastern White Pine on the interior or exterior of the building.

The competition information and promotional poster launch was just in time for the fall semester, allowing academia time to consider incorporating the project within their teachings or supplement the curriculum with a fun and potentially rewarding activity.   The revised competition website,, will once again provide the portal for registration and project submissions; basically a one-stop shop that will also include a library of Eastern White Pine information and images for students’ use.

A monetary prize will honor the Top 3 awards, with the First Place winner present in Boston at the 2013 NELMA Convention to discuss the whys and wherefores of their design.