Parker Hansen, an architecture students in his fourth year of study, has been awarded the 2017 John Russell Pope Horizon Builders Student Award for his design of a debate theatre on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
This honor, presented by the ICAA Washington Mid Atlantic, celebrates work located in or designed for the region of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Washington. The Horizon Builders Student Award is presented for original designs completed before January 2014 by a high school or college student. Students can submit projects in the categories of architecture, historic preservation, landscape design, interior design, urban planning, and artisanship.
Hansen’s debate theatre, completed under the tutelage of Professor John Mellor, “is designed to convey the value of national civil discourse while emphasizing L ‘Enfant’s plan of Washington.” Elements of Hansen’s design are meant to complement John Russell Pope’s work. Russell Pope, the awards’ namesake, designed the Jefferson Memorial, Constitution Hall and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Hansen accepted the award at a presentation in Washington, D.C. on April 21, 2017.