Michael G. Meyers Design Competition
Project Site tour
Meet in front of Dynamo Stadium
at the corner of Texas & Dowling
2200 Texas Ave, 77003
For more information about MGMC please contact Natasha Shamshiri at email@example.com
6909 Portwest Drive
Houston, TX 77024
An annual ideas competition with an emphasis on creative problem solving and graphic presentation, the Michael G. Meyers Design & Scholarship Competition is sponsored by the Architecture Center Houston Foundation, the Houston Chapter of AIA and local architectural firms and affiliates. This year students are challenged to design a new adoption shelter for cats and dogs. The Competition Committee hosts a series of events to help the students learn basic architectural design skills and understand the competition requirements. Projects are due in April and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Architecture Center Houston. All Houston area high school students are eligible to participate regardless of class affiliation or age. Students are requested to enter only once per year as either a member of a team or as an individual. Teachers and Counselors are encouraged to promote this scholarship competition.
2016 Program: Animal House
Animal shelters have evolved over the past few decades from the dismal dog pounds of the past to attractive civic destinations. Not only safe havens for homeless animals, animal shelters today are happy places that people want to visit, volunteer and adopt. Animals are no longer displayed in tight cages and dirty kennels, but are spotlighted for display not unlike high-end retail malls. Materials used in these settings are colorful and playful, often including animal iconography and whimsical animal shapes. The areas where people gather to view the animals are odor free with no sounds of stressful, barking dogs. They have good lighting and places to sit and visit with their future pets and each other. Outdoor spaces enhance the adoption experience with more opportunities to see dogs in their natural environments.
This year, the design problem for the MGMC is to design a new adoption shelter for dogs and cats.
The site is to be located in East Downtown, which is a rapidly developing area of Houston including a variety of commercial, residential, and industrial venues. The area’s close proximity to downtown is sure to bring in a wide variety of visitors to the space from many forms of transportation including walking, biking, light rail, bus, and car.
MGMC 2016 Competition Program links:
2016 Competition Program
2016 Competition Program Presentation
this is the detailed 2016 program presentation from the Student Workshop
2016 Site Maps
a link to a working CAD file is located below under Resources at the bottom of this page.
Sustainable Design Strategies
2016 Student Label
please attach a copy of this completed label to each presentation board and your model. An editable Word file can be downloaded under Resources at the bottom of this page.
2016 Project Site Tour
February 13, 2016
Meet in front of Dynamo Stadium at the corner of Texas & Dowling
2200 Texas Ave, 77003
2016 Interim Review & Houston SPCA Facility Tour*
March 5, 2016
10:00am - Noon
*Tour will take place at noon, immediately following the Interim Review. Houston SPCA is located at 900 Portway Drive. ½ mile from Kirksey.
2016 Awards Ceremony
May 6, 2016
Architecture Center Houston
For more information about the MGMC Design Competition contact Natasha Shamshiri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out pictures of the 2013 winners in the gallery below.
Photographs by Shau Lin / Slyworks Photography.