The Annual BWBR Prize

In the mid-1990s, BWBR launched the BWBR Prize as a commitment to both the profession and students in the region to prepare future professionals for careers beyond the classroom. The BWBR Prize provides students in the third year of undergraduate studies the chance to compete for a financial prize by demonstrating not only their work, but also their presentation skills and personalities in front of an expert jury.

The BWBR Prize is a gift that gives both ways: Students gain the opportunity to taste what life will be like after school and we have the opportunity to remind ourselves why we chose this profession.

A student presents an architectural model to a group of BWBR employees during the BWBR Prize competition.

The Process

The BWBR Prize involves a two-step process that parallels the process we as professionals face when potential clients consider engaging us as business partners.

The Proposal

Faculty at partnering university schools and departments invite selected students to display their work. Students who demonstrate the highest degree of design merit, thoroughness, organization and communication potential are shortlisted as finalists and invited to compete in the annual BWBR Prize.

Current participating schools include:

  • Iowa State University
  • Dunwoody College of Technology
  • North Dakota State University
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout

The Interview

Finalists travel to BWBR’s downtown Saint Paul office and present their work in front of a panel of jurors who evaluate each student using the same criteria for which they were selected as finalists. These interviews challenge students to communicate professionally and effectively, much as design professionals do in order to win work. The jurors seek to understand the students’ work and offer feedback as professionals.

2021 BWBR PRIZE WINNERS

WINNER:
IOWA STATE
UNIVERSITY

 

Griffin Lilly and Megan Kavlock

Finalists
– Morgan Bennett and Emma Bontrager
– Mercedes Cooper and Lillian Juma
– Elijah Schwarzkopf and Carrington Kuehl
– Erica Halstead and Adam Myhre
– Gabriela Robles and Aaron Koopal

WINNER:
NORTH DAKOTA
STATE UNIVERSITY

 

Ella Paul

Finalists
– Robert Currie
– Kenan Stoltenow
– Sophie Hollander
– Danile Heckmann

WINNER:
DUNWOODY COLLEGE
OF TECHNOLOGY

 

Lina Ahmed

Finalists
– Abigail Kummer
– John Endre
– Ben Schuebel
– Ellen Obeng

UNIVERSITY OF
MINNESOTA

 

No 2021 Prize Competition due to Covid-19

UNIVERSITY OF
WISCONSIN-STOUT

 

No 2021 Prize Competition due to Covid-19