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Southwestern College Students Take Top Honors
in Architecture Competition

Win First and Third Place, Graphic Design Award

CHULA VISTA, CA – Southwestern College today announced that three students in its Architecture Program won top honors in the 45th Annual San Diego Lumberman’s/American Institute of Architects (AIA) Student Design Competition. Samuel Heredia won first place, Alfonso Barragan won third and Kristina Umali won the graphic design award.

“Our students have done Southwestern College and their profession proud – they kept innovating and it paid off,” Interim Superintendent/President Denise Whittaker said. “Our architecture program is another reason our College District can attract our community’s best and brightest: we offer cutting-edge programs and training, preparing graduates to lead and land long-term, sustainable careers.”

The competition between Southwestern and Mesa Colleges lasted eight weeks and was judged by a three-member panel of architects. Students were asked to design a portion of the Cabrillo (Fort Rosecrans) National Cemetery. From the competition announcement:

“The Cabrillo (Fort Rosecrans) National Cemetery needs a Chapel to honor the men and women who have fallen in service to their country.  The Chapel is a non-denominational structure that is to house events for families, servicemen and veterans of the armed forces.  The Chapel must respect the veterans, their service and their memory, while celebrating the use of wood in aspects of structure and building envelope.”

Each student needed to design a building of approximately 4,700 square feet and two stories in height, including a Remembrance Hall connected to an outdoor terrace, gallery display space, offices, restrooms, lobby and kitchen and dining areas. Heredia won $500, Barragan won $200 and Umali won $100. Barragan is also the student intern helping to design the College District’s corner lot project.

“We are very proud of our winning students and all the students who participated in this design competition. Over the last 45 years, Southwestern College’s students have demonstrated innovation and design excellence by winning top honors almost every year,” Corey Breininger, Professor in the School of Career and Technical Education.  “Our Architecture Program and its faculty are dedicated to the highest level of learning and training for our students.”

The Southwestern College Architecture Program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills for employment in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, environmental research, construction contracting and management, CAD specialist in environmental research and architectural engineering and interior design. Student can earn an Associate in Science Degree or two different Certificates of Achievement (Basic and Advanced).

About Southwestern College

Accredited since 1964, Southwestern College is the only public institution of higher education in southern San Diego County, serving approximately 400,000 residents of communities including Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro, Sunnyside and Coronado. The College offers more than 312 associate degree and certificate options. 

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