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.
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.