CBA Architects Sponsors New Awards Program

This spring, a new opportunity begins for our graduate students to win some serious money.

CBA (Charlan Brock Associates) Architects, a full-service architectural firm located in Maitland, is sponsoring an award for students in the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. Students who participate in the Advanced Graduate Architectural Design 2 studio, which occurs each spring, are eligible for the CBA Architects Award after completion of their overall semester-long project.

The top prize is $5,000. The second place finisher gets $2,000 and third place wins $1,000.

In Advanced Graduate Architectural Design 2 studio, students are expected to develop a philosophical position and operate with a research-based design process in the design of multiple projects over the course of the semester. Students are expected to develop their ideas conceptually and architecturally to provide a strong foundation in critical thinking and architectural design.

These projects will be judged by a panel of reviewers, which will include representatives from CBA Architects. The top three students, as selected by the judging panel, will be awarded the cash prizes that will apply toward their financial aid.

“We’ve been interested in recognizing the students for the quality of their design work,” UF School of Architecture Director Jason Alread stated. “And being able to partner with a firm, it allows us to recognize their work in regards to the profession as well as the school.”

Alread explained that not only do the award winners get recognition for being studio prize winners, but also it is great to have the CBA Architects Award on their resume.

CBA Architects has a longstanding relationship with our college. Firm founders Butch Charlan, B.ARCH 1974, and Gary Brock, BDES 1973, MAARC 1974, met at the college in the 1970s and founded the company in 1981. And recently, the company hosted DCP Dean Chimay Anumba at their Maitland offices.

“Having quite literally set the foundation of our company in the halls of UF’s College of Design, Construction and Planning, we are thrilled to play a role in helping to shape the future of today’s students and tomorrow’s talented workforce,” said Gary Brock, AIA, Principal and Partner, CBA Architects. “Some of the concepts that these students will explore during their Design 2 studio will apply for the rest of their lives, so it is with great pleasure that we offer our experience and feedback during their project completion phase.”

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