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11 February 2013

Masonic Amphitheatre, Designed and Built by Architecture Students, Named Building of the Year

The Masonic Amphitheatre in Clifton Forge, Virginia, by Virginia Tech’s design-buildLAB, has been selected as American-Architects’ 2012 “Building of the Year.” The project was chosen by 20% of the voters from the 50 Buildings of the Week featured on American-Architects.com.

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Over the course of the 2011-12 academic year, students in Keith and Marie Zawistowski’s third-year Architecture studio designed and constructed the amphitheater for the town of Clifton Forge, Virginia. The project was funded through a grant from the Alleghany Foundation, as well as donations from the local community and from manufacturers of building materials.

Members of the student design/build team are Megumi Ezure, Richmond, VA, and Tokyo, Japan; Kyle Lee, Vienna, VA; Leo Naegele, Alexandria, VA; Ian Shelton, Richmond, VA; Brent Sikora, Clifton, VA; Samantha Stephenson, Glen Allen, VA; Reagan “Taylor” Terrill, Stafford, VA; William “Tyler” Atkins, Martinsville, VA; Lauren Duda, Middleton, NY.; Huy Duong, Katherine Harpst, and Leah Schaffer, all from Newport News, VA; Derek Ellison, Fairfax, VA; Margaret Nelson, Chesapeake, VA; Emarie Skelton, South Boston, VA; and Samantha “Sam” Yeh, Hillsborough, NJ.

The dedication ceremony for the amphitheater was held on May 25th, and the grand opening was on June 23rd, 2012.

Read the full announcement from American-Architects…

More info. from VTNews…

Video by Jeff Goldberg of ESTO…

Listen to a story about the amphitheater project on public radio…