Architecture program plans design challenge

The Architecture and Drafting Technologies Program faculty at Del Mar will be kicking off the 2015 Student Design Charrette competition with their annual Halloween lecture at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Wolfe Recital Hall located on the East Campus.

The lecture will cover the common styles of architecture in the United States, dating all the way back to colonization and moving into the modern era. A variety of haunted houses will also be presented, accompanied by the spooky stories and legends that go along with them. They will be discussing the numerous architectural styles from across the country.

The Student Design Charrette competition will commence directly following the lecture and the projects will be due by noon on Oct. 26.

The designs will be displayed at the DMC Architecture and Drafting Technologies “Treat Street” in the K Space Contemporary Art Gallery parking lot (415 Starr St., downtown) during the Dia De Los Muertos Festival.

Professor of Architecture Laura Wright hopes to see up to 12 building facades lining the street during the festival. Teams of two to four students will submit designs to the competition.

“I began the annual Architecture Halloween Lecture the first semester I began teaching at Del Mar College in 2011,” Wright said. “The Student Design Charrette began the following year in 2012 and has grown each year since. This is our third year to exhibit our Design Charrette submission and participate in the Dia De Los Muertos Festival.”

Wright expects to see a lot of excitement and pride in the students as they see their creations on display at the festival.

“My favorite part is usually during the festival. The students are usually so excited about their work and the program, and it shows when they talk about it to people who approach our festival booth.”

The designs will be on display from 3-10 p.m. Oct. 31. All students are invited to take part in the competition. For more details, visit

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