Entering The Architect’s Newspaper (AN)’s Best of Design Awards this year?
Prospective winners should know that in addition to being featured in the December issue of The Architect’s Newspaper, up for grabs will be a prize designed by Alvin Huang. Founder and design principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture and an assistant professor at the USC School of Architecture, Huang and his team have been working hard to design the award that will be fabricated by 3D printing studio, Formlabs.
“We wanted to create an intricate, detailed form—something that would be impossible to do without a 3D printer,” Huang told AN. To produce the design, Formlabs will be using transparent resin that allows the design’s inner complexities to be clearly legible. As part of his design process, Huang devised numerous iterations. “Parametric modeling makes everything smoother,” continued Huang.
Using modeling software such as Rhino and Grasshopper, Huang spoke of how designs were created in “line format.” This technique went hand-in-hand with the parametric approach where variables such as line weight are easily adjusted to drastically alter the design’s form.
Huang was also pleased to work with Formlabs, who will be producing the physical award. The studio’s high-resolution 3D printers made Huang’s design, in his words, “easy to achieve” and “smoothed out the processing of the designs.”
Huang and Synthesis Design are still working on a final design, having produced a plethora of complex prototypes. For those who want to get their hands on the esteemed Best of Design award, there is still time to enter. You can do so by following this link and submitting your design. There are 26 categories for professionals and students. And don’t delay—submissions end today!