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Designed for Success: AACC Students Win Big in Architecture

Three students continue a tradition of excellence at AACC.

Three Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) students won top awards for excellence in architectural designs.

The students won two community college awards presented by the Maryland State American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the second year in a row.

  • 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.”
  • 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.

Penafiel and Reynolds are no strangers to this level of recognition. 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. And 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. 

Penafiel is now 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, according to a release.

Reynolds graduated magna cum laude in May 2012 with an associate of applied science in architecture degree from AACC. He is continuing his architectural studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

For more information on the college's program offerings, call 410-777-2442 or visit the college's website.

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