June 11, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The first-place winners of the 2007 Cleveland Design Competition were Nick Sully, MAIBC and Hannah Teicher, IA. The pair, both of Vancouver, won the $2,000 first prize for a proposal that called for creating terraced gardens and walkways on Irishtown Bend and cutting a new river channel across the Columbus Road Peninsula. Sully and Teichers proposal addresses the issue of slope instability by proposing a radical transformation of a meander in the bend of the Cuyahoga River into a deep water wetland.
The organizers of the competition called their design contest an “ideas competition” and noted that it was intended to stimulate fresh thinking about a forgotten piece of urban geography in Americas Rust Belt. They likened the competition to a similar one in New York which focused on redeveloping an abandoned elevated rail line in Manhattan.
The first Cleveland competition attracted 70 entries from across the United States and eight foreign countries, including Argentina, Australia, Italy, Germany, Japan, Brazil, England and Canada. The KSU program, located at 820 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland, will exhibit the competition entries from Thursday, June 21 to Monday, July 30, 2007.
Nick Sully received a Masters of Architecture Degree from the University of British Columbia in 1998, after which he worked for Patkau Architects on several award-winning projects in Vancouver and Montreal. In 2003 he moved to London, England where he was involved in developing sustainable housing initiatives at the Telford Millennium Community for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. He was also involved in developing master-planning schemes for mixed-use developments in the city of Bath and the southwest of England. Nick returned to Vancouver in 2007 to start his practice Shape Architecture. His studio’s work aims to relate innovative, sustainable technologies to the specifics of place, local economy and environment.
Hannah Teicher received her Master of Architecture at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and her B.A. in sociology and anthropology at Swarthmore College in 1998. Her thesis proposed an alternative form of redevelopment for the suburban strip, drawing on indigenous opportunities with a theoretical basis in landscape urbanism. She is currently working for an emerging architecture firm and a public artist in Vancouver, BC while volunteering for the Dynamic Cities Project, an enterprising non-profit offering strategies to transform urban infrastructure.