The Birdhouse Project

March 4, 2011 - March 10, 2011 Landfield Atrium, Student Exhibition

See the inventive designs of NDSU architecture students and cast your vote for your favorite birdhouse in this short-term exhibition in the Museum Atrium.

Architects sometimes move outside of designing buildings to design objects that meet other needs. During the display of The Birdhouse Project at the Museum from March 4 through 10, architectural students will showcase the design needs of a completely different flock.

Second-year architecture students at NDSU research and interpret the design theory and methodology of a specific Pritzker award-winning architect. Simultaneously, they research the dwelling requirements of their “client” – a particular bird, owl or bat that dwells in a house and is specific to this region.  Students then translate the Pritzker architect’s philosophy into the design and construction of an inhabitable house for their chosen bird.

Competition requirements include the creation of a useable house as well as a graphic component with information on the Pritzker Architect and the specific bird/bat/owl.

An architect, craftsman, and bird specialist will serve as jurors for other competitive categories, including “Best Interpretation of the Pritzker Architect’s Design Philosophy,” and “Birdhouse Best Suited to Bird Species.”

2009 People’s Choice Winner, Whitney Feimer