ACC CAD students take home Best-in-Show award

There’s nothing traditional about the doghouses at Austin’s annual BARKITECTURE. From modern and sleek to rustic, the design show and silent auction/fund-raiser features one-of-a-kind designer doghouses created by some of Austin’s best and brightest architects, designers and builders, including a group of ACC Computer Aided Design students.

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The students, part of the college’s 20151107_131304Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design
and members
of the American Society
of Engineering Education (ASEE), started work in spring with their design. Over the summer, they secured donations for building materials and the initial construction began. Through fall, construction wrapped, and earlier this month the students presented their design, called “Earth Dog,” at BARKITECTURE Austin.

“It’s a long process, but it’s worth every moment,” says Mark Rodriguez, ACC ASEE chapter president. “We used donated sample tiles and re-purposed them to make mosaics. My favorite feature has got be the living roof. It is not only beautiful, but I love the idea of this structure being able to capture and use rain water.”

The house is more than eye-catching with its rooftop garden, mosaic tile flooring, and sheet metal walls. It’s award-winning. The students won best-in-show.


“Earth Dog” wins Best-in-Show

“It’s such an honor,” says T’Andra Hatch, ACC student and project construction manager. “What makes this project special is that it was designed and built by the students. Everyone had a part in almost every aspect of the finished design. All of our hard work paid off. ”

The doghouses presented at BARKITECTURE are bid on by the public with proceeds benefiting area dog rescue groups. ACC’s dog house raised more than $200, benefiting Hounds for Heroes PTSD Service Dogs.

“This was the fourth year our students participated in BARKITECTURE,” says Doug Smith, chair of the ACC Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design Department. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to test their skills, creativity, and team work. These are the designers and builders of our future.”

“It’s the kind of project that, win or lose, you win for being part of, and for working as a team,” says Rodriguez.

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