Christian McMahon, B.S.A.S. 2012, M. Arch. 2013, placed second in the American Institute of Architects New Hampshire (AIANH) Chapter’s annual Emerging Professionals Design Competition. McMahon is an Intern Architect at JSA Architects in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
This year’s competition was for an Intermodal Transportation facility in Manchester, NH. While there were a variety of project requirements, the program was open for interpretation of what the building would need to be successful. The intention of this project was not only to encourage emerging professionals to use a full array of architectural creativity, but also to highlight the possibility of having such a structure north of Boston and the positive impact it would have on a growing city.
The design jury said, “Christina presented a dynamic project that not only scored high in architectural design, but also in the secondary program and the building’s feasibility. The narrow structure that hugs the rail line as the primary program is strengthened by a pedestrian bridge to the adjacent farmers’ market and retail plaza of the secondary program. This was one of the strongest projects in regards to materiality, scale, and an overall feeling one would get when inhabiting the site. Graphically, this board ranked among the top in clarity, as well as in informing an audience on how the design was developed.”
The AIANH Emerging Professionals Design Competition (formerly the AIANH Intern/Young Architect Design Competition) was created in 2003 to provide an opportunity for interns and young architectural professionals to strengthen their design skills, gain recognition, and assist a community with their design challenges. It is open to all architectural interns and architects within five years of registration living or working in New England. Participants do not need to be members of AIA. The 2017 Call for Entries will be available in September 2016.