Seeds of Sharpstown is pleased to announce its newest initiative – the Sharpstown Prize for Architecture. Graduate architecture students at a leading university will be challenged to design a single family residence with modern and progressive materials whilst adhering to the appropriate deed restrictions. The prize will be the actual building of the winning entry. For the inaugural competition, Mike Prentice of Seeds of Sharpstown chose the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston, The school is headed by Dean Patricia Belton Oliver and the competition will be conducted by Rafael Longoria, UH’s Distinguished Professor of Architecture.
Ten graduate students are enrolled in the studio class, and they made their initial visit to the competition site on Rowan during the third week of August. They have been reaching out to residents old and new to learn more about Sharpstown’s history, what its residents value about living here, and what the visions are of the future. The information they garner will influence each student’s approach to designing a home that will appeal to future generations. At the conclusion of the semester, each student will submit a design concept to be judged by an architectural jury. The winner will be announced during the final week of November, and the winning design will be put on display in Sharpstown for residents to view.