Students from Universidad de Las Américas Viña del Mar campus won first, second and third place in the first Social Synergy Award, hosted by Architeuthis and supported by the Ministry of Education, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María and USM Architecture. The competition helps architecture students to apply their skills to help alleviate social issues in the community. The student teams were led by professors Cristián Bustamante and Eduardo Hernández.
The mission of the competition was to foster among students a better understanding of the social realities of the country and to leverage the skills and creativity of students to develop solutions. Architecture and construction management students from the Andean region were invited to participate.
First place went to Yuri Howes, Carlos Castro and Simón Albornoz, who were awarded three million Chilean pesos to create their project and 500,000 Chilean pesos for the team. In second place, Nelson Arancibia, Rodrigo Olivares and Naim Chamas, won 200,000 pesos for the team. The third place team, composed of Jennifer Pacheco and Cindy Acevedo, won 100,000 pesos.
“We think it is incredibly important for our students to participate in these types of competitions and having won the top three prizes, we are showing how our work aligns with the needs of the community," said Eduardo Hernández, director of the architecture program.
The jury was composed of Xochitl Poblete, Marcelo Soto, Raúl Araya, and Daniel Morales from Universidad de Valparaíso; Gonzalo Undurraga from Universidad Católica de Valparaíso; and Juan Pablo Fernández from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.