UNM student wins architecture award

February 1, 2018 - Tom Hanlon

A graduate student from the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning won first place in an international design competition.

On Jan. 10, Sam Fantaye, a third-year graduate student studying landscape architecture, won the grand prize of $5,000 in the Better Philadelphia Challenge.

“I found out I was the winner, and I was very, very excited,” Fantaye said. “The School of Architecture was happy too, because it’s representing the whole school.”

The challenge is an annual competition organized by the Center for Architecture and Design, and each year it prompts students from around the world to focus on design issues in the city of Philadelphia.

This year’s competition was called “Philadelphia’s Next Park+way.” It challenged students to think of new ways to link Philadelphia’s natural and cultural resources to neighboring communities and manage the city’s urban design issues.

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