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Andrew Baldwin

CUArch Alum Wins UNBUILT Award


Andrew Baldwin, a Catholic University double alumnus in architecture, was presented with the first-place Award of Excellence for this year’s Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects UNBUILT Awards competition.

His winning submission, “Lacrosse as a Sacred Iroquois Tradition: The Architecture of Cultural Representation,” is a Native American-style lacrosse camp. Baldwin earned his bachelor’s degree in 2010 and his master’s earlier this month from CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning.

The design, inspired by the Iroquois origins of lacrosse, aims to combine contemporary architectural identity with cultural tradition. All of the structures are marked by a very open, communal style in their design that recalls traditional Native American longhouse architecture, notes Baldwin.

“This project proposes the importance of renewing the specificity of a culture and place through the examination of the living Iroquoian tradition of lacrosse,” said Baldwin.

He said he sought to maintain in his design the cultural identity of the Onondaga Nation, which he believes to be at risk of disintegrating in the face of new social and architectural trends.

Baldwin was inspired to focus on Native American culture through his participation in the Cultural/Sacred Studies concentration offered by Catholic’s graduate architectural program.

Alumnus Philip Goolkasian earned a merit award in the same competition for his design of a public indoor swimming pool, titled South Capitol Natatorium and located on South Capitol Street in D.C. Originally from Fresno, Calif., Goolkasian graduated in May with dual bachelor’s degrees in architecture and civil engineering.

Currently Goolkasian is interning at LEO A DALY architects in Washington, D.C. In the fall, he’s going to start a two-year Master of Architecture program at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design.

“CUArch is delighted, once again, to have students recognized in the AIA DC UNBUILT Awards competition,” said Michelle Rinehart, assistant dean of student and academic affairs at the architecture and planning school.

“That our students are able to compete alongside practicing architects and have their projects recognized by a national jury speaks to the quality of our student body and the work that they do here.”

The annual competition is open to all architects in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, student or professional, and features both theoretical and commissioned projects. The structure of the competition pitted Baldwin’s design against a challenging field of established, practicing architects, a field in which he proved himself able to excel through his accomplishment, noted Rinehart.

“All in all, it is an honor to represent Catholic University and to receive such an award within the architectural community of D.C.,” said Baldwin.




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Andrew Baldwin

Employer: KUBE Architecture, Washington, D.C.

Hometown: Walkersville, Md.

Favorite class: Thesis Design Studio

Favorite book: The Structure of Space by Mies van der Rohe

Favorite film: Blade Runner