Centennial student wins architecture award
Architectural Technology student Gilbert Nacu earned a first place finish in the Individual Category of the 2014 Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences Student Awards for his bold design entitled The Edge. The assignment called for a multipurpose residential complex with retail space, which Nacu embraced in the form of sleek twin residential towers situated on the site of the old Lake Ontario shoreline in downtown Toronto.
His design incorporated a number of environmentally sustainable features including strategically placed wind turbines to capture wind energy, solar panels on the podium and townhouse rooftops, green-roof installations on the towers and an evaporative cooling system that utilizes the water feature (fountains) on the property. The concept proposes a mixed-income community, since one of the towers will contain subsidized residential units.
Gilbert Nacu received transportation and accommodation to attend the awards ceremony at the annual conference of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) in Montreal last month. Also attending was professor John Romanov from Centennial’s Architectural Technology program. The first-place award included a monetary prize and a one-year Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences membership.