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Today over 3 billion people live in urban areas, composing 50% of the world population. By 2050 that will double. How will the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) industry meet the demand for affordable and sustainable buildings in this rapidly urbanizing world?


Congratulations to the 2015-2016 winners of our competition! Thank you to all the students that submitted work, and thank you to our jury board for their commitment and dedication to reviewing the submissions. View the winners below and click on the images to see their full descriptions and supplementary materials.

Please note there were no nominees for Best Digital Fabrication.




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honorable mentions






Leon Rost, B.I.G.
Leon Rost
Associate and Senior Designer, BIG

Leon Rost began his collaboration with Bjarke Ingels in 2005 as a design assistant at PLOT in Copenhagen, Denmark. After completing Architectural studies at California Polytechnic University and working for renowned offices in Japan, Scandinavia and Portugal, Leon took on the role of Project Leader at BIG’s New York office in 2011. In 2015, he was named Associate. Currently, Leon is leading the design of the 3.5 million SF Google Campus Project.

He has worked closely with all partners on some of BIG ́s greatest projects, including the successfully completed Mountain Dwellings and Helsingør Psychiatric Hospital. He led concept design for Grove at Grand Bay in Miami. He also led the winning competition teams for both the Kimball Art Center in Park City and the Tirana Cultural Center & Museum for Religious Harmony.

Eva Friedrich, Google
Eva Friedrich
Application Developer, Google

Eva is an architect and software developer specialized in urban economics and urban morphology, digital analysis and design techniques. Currently, she is an application developer at Google where she is developing interactive tools for the analysis and design of real estate and work environments.

She previously worked at Flux as an application developer. Before coming to Flux, she worked at the architectural firm Foster+Partners, London, UK, as part of the urban design team. Leading on software development within the team, she was involved in developing simulation software to model key indicators related to urban economics, urban accessibility and pedestrian forecasting as an input to design projects. From 2005 to 2010, she worked at Space Syntax Ltd, based in London, as head of research and development in 2009.

Ken Sanders, Gensler
Ken Sanders
Managing Principal, Gensler

Ken is a Managing Director at Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm with 4,700 employees working in 46 offices in 16 countries. He leads a team of 200 professionals responsible for Gensler's global operational platform, including finance, risk management, marketing, communications, public relations, technology, research, talent development and human resources. He has a passion for sustainable design, global delivery, and the intersection of digital technology and design innovation. Ken has served on Gensler's Board of Directors, is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Anand Babu, Sidewalk Labs
Anand Babu
Chief Operating Officer, Sidewalk Labs

Anand is Chief Operating Officer for Sidewalk Labs. He previously led efforts in Google's Special Projects team focused on cities and transportation and led product incubation within Google’s Machine Intelligence team.

Prior to Google, Anand led platform strategy for Opower, a software company using real-time analytics to help utility customers save energy. He also led product for SkyDrive at Microsoft, growing it to 200 million consumer and enterprise users, and launched Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform for developers. Previously, he worked as a venture investor at Crosslink Capital, where he led investments in cloud infrastructure and solar energy. Anand started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company. Anand is originally from Peoria, Illinois and earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, MBA and M.S. in Engineering Management from Northwestern University / Kellogg School of Management.

Raveevarn Choksombatchai, Veev
Raveevarn Choksombatchai
Principal & Founder, VeeV

Raveevarn founded VeeV in 2005 as a collaborative design/research practice that moves into the realm of experiments and design investigation. Previously she co-founded Loom in 1993, which had a successful track record as the recipients of three Progressive Architecture Awards (1998) and Citations (1996, 2002); Emerging Voices in Architecture by the Architecture League of New York (1999); a nominee for the Chrysler Design Award (2000); and for the National Design Award in the area of environmental design by the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institute (2002). As a former partner of Loom, Raveevarn co-authored a broad range of projects merging art, architecture, and environmental design.

Raveevarn is now an Associate Professor in Architecture Design at University of California at Berkeley. She is also a visiting professor and serves as a design critic at numerous academic institutions both in the States and abroad. Most recently, she holds a visiting professorship at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Both of her design and academic work have been exhibited and published widely in the US and abroad.