48 HRS Design Competition

The Young Architects Forum of Atlanta thanks all of the participants in the 10th 48 HRS Design Competition.

Hosted biannually, the competition is an opportunity for designers and architects to showcase their talents and to illustrate to the community the value of good design. Following the release of the design prompt, teams have 48 hours to conceptualize, design and submit their solution.


Highest Honors

Joanna Bidani, Melissa Booth, Christian Ayala and Luke Booth

Honorable Mentions

Sara Benson

Linda Kovtoun and Maxim Kovtoun

Alejandra Lopez, Sara Vanderhoof and Trenton McGugin


Prizes are awarded to the top design and runner-ups. Some of the prizes include:

  • A $50 gift card to Amazon courtesy of Lighting Associates
  • High Museum Young Professional Annual Membership courtesy of the High Museum
  • Feature in AIA Atlanta’s 2019 Design Equilibrium publication
  • Admission to AIA Atlanta’s award party, Build Something Great or holiday extravaganza Red & Green Scene
  • Recognition on AIA Atlanta’s website

Prize Sponsors

Meet the Jury

Ellen Dunham-Jones
Ellen Dunham-JonesProfessor; Director, Urban Design Program, Georgia Tech
Ellen is an architect, authority on suburban redevelopment and professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she coordinates the MS in Urban Design.
She is also co-author with June Williamson of “Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburb.” Her research intersects trends in contemporary theory, health and real estate development.
Allen Post, AIA
Allen Post, AIASenior Associate, Perkins+Will
Allen serves as the Atlanta office’s Transformation and Reuse Leader, specializing in Adaptive Reuse projects. From renovating outdated office buildings, old mills, and factories to concert venues and schools, Allen strives to honor a site’s past while supporting the present and innovating for the future.
David Scott
David ScottSenior Principal, Development, DaVinci Development Collaborative
David has more than 35 years of experience in program and construction management as well as design. He currently leads DaVinci’s efforts in their partnership with Central Atlanta Progress to direct pre-development services for the Stitch, the plan to cap the Downtown Connector.