The Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA*) is sponsoring a design contest for students currently enrolled in an accredited architecture program to design a modern sustainable structure featuring Eastern White Pine.


Feature the use of Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) as part of a sustainable modern structure. We’re looking for dialogue inspiring, future-predicting, forward-thinking designs. Well managed forests provide a supply of beautiful, strong and infinitely renewable building materials. Help us imagine a more sustainable future while featuring Eastern White Pine.


This design competition is open to architecture, engineering and design students currently enrolled in an accredited program in North America. There is no fee for this competition. Entrants may submit as an individual or a member of a multi-disciplinary team. Team submissions must designate a primary contact person for communication purposes only.

*Since 1933, NELMA has been the steward of the lumber industry in the Northeast. NELMA is the not-for-profit rules writing agency for Eastern White Pine lumber and is the publisher of the White Pine Monograph. NELMA is dedicated to sharing knowledge about this historic species.


The Sustainable Versatility Design Award was developed by NELMA’s Marketing Committee in 2010 as Association members recognized the real need to reintroduce wood to the next generation of architects and designers. They envisioned the competition as an activity to engage the creativity of today’s students while providing a stimulus to see the value of using wood as a contemporary and sustainable building material.

A leading voice on the Committee to develop this activity was Rich Quitadamo,a veteran member of the group that was instrumental in establishing this annual student architect competition to design a project out of Eastern White Pine. Rich made the motion at the Committee’s October 22, 2010 meeting for NELMA to pursue this educational activity. His input helped shape the Association’s marketing plan for more than 12 years, before his untimely passing in 2013. To honor his unselfish work and participation in NELMA to the benefit of all its members, we are pleased to announce the naming of this annual student competition award, The Rich Quitadamo Sustainable Versatility Award, presented to each year’s First Place winner beginning with the 2013- 2014 Presentation.

Rich Quitadamo