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AACC Students Win State Architecture Awards

| October 14, 2012, 11:21 AM | 0 Comments

Anne Arundel Community College architecture students won both top community college awards presented by the Maryland State American Institute of Architects for a second consecutive year.

Aida Penafiel of Crofton won first place for Excellence in Hand Delineation for her project, “The Sydney Opera House,” a project in Assistant Professor Robert Lowe III’s Architectural Design 2 class. Daniel Reynolds of Crofton won first place for Excellence in Design and Presentation for his project, “The Form of Texture.” In addition, Christopher Reyes of Crofton received a Jurors Citation in Design and Presentation for his project, “Ecoforms – Assateague National Seashore.” Both Reynolds’ and Reyes’ entries grew out of projects in Professor Michael D. Ryan’s Architectural Design 4 class.

Both Penafiel and Reynolds have won other recognitions. Penafiel won an American Society of Interior Design student competition award two years ago, making her the first student at AACC to win both interior design and architecture state awards. Penafiel has broadened her studies and now is studying interior design, architecture and art at AACC. She hopes one day to use all the skills she earns in creating special spaces for ordinary people.

Reynolds won last year’s first place award for Excellence in Hand Delineation, making him the first student to win two top state AIA awards. Reynolds graduated magna cum laude in May 2012 with an Associate of Applied Science in Architecture from AACC. He is continuing his architectural studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

AACC’s Architecture and Interior Design program includes degree programs in architecture, interior design and construction management, as well as certificates in architectural CAD, architectural illustration, construction management, construction entrepreneurship, interior design and advanced interior design and landscape architecture design. A key part of the program is providing opportunities for students to work on real projects through service learning and community service. For information, call410-777-2442 or visit

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