Robert Lingo wins top prize in Virginia architectural competition

June 8, 2013

Robert Lingo, a 2008 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, was recently awarded first place in the 2013 annual statewide Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects Prize competition. He became eligible for this competition after being awarded the Best of School title at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in February of this year.

Ten finalists from each of Virginia’s architecture schools including Hampton University, Virginia Tech WAAC, Virginia Tech Blacksburg, and the University of Virginia competed for this year’s prize. The 2013 VSAIA Prize program asked the students to propose a design for a mixed-use fire station combined with dwelling units for the Beauregard neighborhood in Alexandria. Students were given two days to complete their entry.

Beginning Friday at 5 p.m., the students worked over the weekend to create a board presenting their design solution by 9 a.m. Monday morning. Robert’s winning entry received the following comments from the jury: “We liked the way this entry takes the program from the abstract to the real, all in one board. We liked the use of the foundry, combining a positive use of fire with a firefighting facility. We also liked the varying scales, both macro and micro. This entrant clearly thought beyond the scope of the problem, incorporating a community outreach component, into their solution. The board is also a nicely designed composition. Anyone can understand the presentation techniques.”

On May 18 Robert graduated from Virginia Tech with cum laude honors. He accepted a position with internationally recognized firm, Lake | Flato Architects, Robert now resides in San Antonio, Texas.