AIA 2009 COD Competition First Prize Recipient, Albert McDonald, on AIA National Convention Panel

Albert McDonald

Albert McDonald, Associate AIA,  participated in a discussion panel during the National AIA Convention held in Miami in June. Albert discussed his First Place Award winning entry for the 2009 AIA Committee On Design – Roots of Modernism Design Competition.

Albert, a project designer with Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, received first place out of an international field of over 150 entrants. Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, of Leers Weinzapfel, a juror in the competition, joined the discussion moderated by Mike Mense, FAIA. Albert and Jane discussed with the audience the qualities that jurors looked for in winning design competition proposals and what it takes to produce an award winning submittal.

Albert McDonald’s winning entry for the AIA 2009 COD Competition was titled “Listening to the Past, Looking to the Future: A House for Today.” The sketch competition asked participants to design a sustainable home to replace the demolished Rachel Raymond House designed by her sister Eleanor Raymond, FAIA. The new 2,500 square foot home would be placed on the original site using the same program brief as the original, yet it would be a contemporary interpretation and implement sustainable strategies.

Albert is a native North Carolinian who graduated from The University of North Carolina Charlotte in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. In 2008 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University College of Design and received the Faculty Award for Design Excellence.

To find out more about Albert’s winning entry on Archdaily, visit

To find out more about the AIA Committee on Design Ideas Competition, visit

To see the entry, visit


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