Mike Prentice, founder of Seeds of Sharpstown, is pleased to announce that its newest initiative – the Sharpstown Prize for Architecture - was a great success. Architecture students at Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston were challenged to design a single family residence with modern and progressive materials while adhering to the appropriate deed restrictions. The prize is the winning entry will serve as the model for a new home. The college is headed by Dean Patricia Belton Oliver and the competition was led by Rafael Longoria, UH’s Distinguished Professor of Architecture.
Ten graduate students participated in the studio class. They made their initial visit to the competition site on Rowan during the third week of August. They reached 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 collected influenced each student’s approach to designing a home that will appeal to current and future generations. Each student presented their design to the jury on November 27, 2017. Tanmay Thakker, whose design is entitled “The Screen House.” was awarded first place and his design will serve as the model for a new home to be constructed in Sharpstown. Second place was awarded to Jennifer Minor’s “Modern Comfort” and third prize went to Brooks Caton’s “Redefining the Hearth.”