Well-designed ideas

Author: School of Architecture

Second-year graduate student Keith Kirley and recent graduate Aaron Helfand, M.Arch and M.ADU ’09, won first prize in the Pioneer Valley Smart Growth Design Ideas Competition, announced April 26 at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. The team also won the competition’s People’s Choice Award.

The competition involved concept designs for the redevelopment of a mill building in Palmer; a historic town center in Southampton; and a commercial site in Hadley. 

Hosted by the Valley Development Council in collaboration with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the competition sought visions for sustainable development and redevelopment and models for smart growth.

Keith Kirley and Aaron Helfand's pioneer valley smart growth winner