UMA Architecture Student Wins Prestigious AIA Maine Design Award

Jessica Angelova, BArch '22, holding her award certificate in front of a poster showing the award winning project

On Thursday, May 11, at the annual AIA Maine Design Awards held at Bates Mill No.6 in Lewiston, Jessica Angelova, BArch ’22 was given a Commendation Award for her thesis project, “Unwalling Architecture.”

Jury Comments:
Border crossings are an enigma in the modern world. The need for control and security seems to oppose the desire for openness and transition. This project addresses the transitory nature of these spaces by wrapping the functions in a taught skin that seems to somehow speak to the dynamism and transition components of a border crossing. The use of the word quiet may be a misnomer, as border crossings tend to be noisy, somewhat chaotic places, that almost generate energy by providing a look into what lies beyond the border.

The UMA Bachelor of Architecture program congratulates Jessica on her award and her wonderful representation of UMA and the program.