Winners in design contests sponsored by the Orange County chapter, American Institute of Architects have been announced for both community college and high school competitions.
Top honors in the college contest, sponsored by the chapter's Associates Committee, were taken by Cerritos College students Brian K. Boyd and Steve Wheeler, who shared the $500 first-place prize.
In the high school architectural design and drafting competition, Sean Combs, Corona del Mar High School, and Paul Neiboer, Norco Senior High School, each received a $75 first-place award. That contest was sponsored by the chapter and the Women's Architectural League.
In the college competition, second place and $300 was split by Paul Wagner and Mickey Walker, Orange Coast College, while Jim Glina and Robert Mann, Saddleback Junior College, shared third place and $200.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Thai Hoa Nguyen, Sherrilyn Arnold, Iris Goldman, Pat Chalermpanth and Bob White, all of Orange Coast College, and to Victor A. Smith, Cerritos College.
The competition centered around designing an imaginary revitalization plan for the Balboa Peninsula Fun Zone.
Robert S. Harris, dean of the USC School of Architecture, and Richard Seth Hayden, architect working on the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, addressed the awards dinner.
Second place and $50 in the high school competition went to Kelly Toon of Corona del Mar High School, while Kenny Murai of Los Alamitos High School won third place and an honor award for the best model, collecting a total of $60 in prizes. Other honor awards and $10 each were presented to Scott Miller of Los Alamitos High School for concept development and Stuart Kleiger of Woodbridge High School for creative graphics.
The featured speaker at the awards presentation dinner was architect Marvin Malecha, dean of the environmental design department, Cal Poly Pomona. Special guest Virgil Carter, president of the California Council of the AIA, also spoke.