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February 25, 2019
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Pratt Institute duo comes in 1st at SDC 2019. Penn teams place 2nd and 3rd.

By BLT Architects
Byoungjae Kim and Kenith Mak compete in SDC 2019

BLT Architects Announces Winners of Eighth Annual Student Design Charrette 

Winning team from Pratt Institute receives $1,000 each and a paid summer internship. University of Pennsylvania teams place 2nd and 3rd respectively.
February 25, 2019 (Philadelphia) – The Pratt Institute team of Byoungjae Kim and Kenith Mak took first place at BLT Architects’ (BLTa) Eighth Annual Student Design Charrette which took place on Saturday, February 23rd. They each will receive $1,000 and will both be offered paid summer internship at the firm. 

Two University of Pennsylvania teams placed second and third in the one-day hackathon-style partner design event. Molly Zmich and Michael Caine took second place, while Christelle Salloum and Maria Fuentes took third.

“Today was a very intensive design session and we had a lot of fun doing it,” said Mak. “We forced ourselves to come up with ideas quickly and then execute them.  Overall this has been a pretty amazing experience.” 

Forty students in all participated in the event, which was the largest SDC to date. In addition to the University of Pennsylvania and the Pratt Institute, students from Temple, Catholic University of America, University of Maryland, Drexel, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, and Philadelphia/Thomas Jefferson competed in the event. 


Teams were evaluated on their creative approach and response to the proposed site, as well as their design’s sustainability and functionality. The charrette was judged by BLTa’s principals  Kevin Aires, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C; Nicole Dress, AIA, LEED AP; Michael L. Prifti, FAIA; and Eric Rahe, AIA, LEED AP. 

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