Future Architect Design Competition: Sustainable Design Winners and Honorable Mention








Architecture students from Prairie View A&M University won top prizes in statewide design competition for passenger stations of the future. Students presented their creative vision for Dallas, Houston, and Brazos Valley passenger stations. Concepts included state-of-the-art designs with sustainability components to accommodate passengers seamlessly connecting with modes of transportation.

Texas Central, the private developer of the Texas bullet train, announced the winners of the student competition for Texas architecture students to produce an inspiring design vision for the high-speed train passenger stations. The following Prairie View A&M University, School of Architecture, student teams, were named the winners in the following categories:

Sustainability Award: Ledell Thomas and Kaylah Wesley, Prairie View A&M University, Brazos Valley station design.


Honorable mention: Isaac Watson, Roderick Henderson and Nadia Gooding, Prairie View A&M University, Brazos Valley station design.

“We are honored to be working with Texas Central to provide our students with a unique, hands-on opportunity to contribute to a real-world transportation solution,” said April Ward, professor of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University. “Our student teams submit their designs after having researched and created their proposals from the concepts of sustainability, innovation and bio mimicry.”
The competition drew 45 proposals, representing almost 100 undergraduate and graduate Texas architecture students. Thirteen finalists made presentations on, Nov. 18, 2016, in Dallas to the judges: Kristian Teleki of Matthews Southwest; Lisa Lamkin of BRW Architects; Andrew Hawkins of Hawkins Architecture; Ralph Hawkins of HKS; and Don Gatzke, former dean of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Architecture College.

Each of the winning teams received $5,000 for their school and $2,000 to be split among team members. “The winners of this competition displayed truly innovative ideas, design creativity and an emphasis on sustainability — principles upon which the Texas Bullet Train project will be built,” Texas Central CEO Tim Keith said.











Texas Central is developing a new high-speed train that will connect North Texas, the Brazos Valley and Houston, using proven, world-class technology. The 90-minute trip will provide a safe, reliable, affordable and productive transportation alternative. The company’s market-led approach is backed by private investors, not government grants, a new business model for infrastructure projects. Texas Central and its affiliated entities will be responsible for the system’s design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance.

“We were energized by the students’ creativity and excitement building the stations of the future,” said Holly Reed, managing director of external affairs for Texas Central, the private company developing the project. “Students from across the state showed their innovative ideas and vision for the proposed stations in Dallas, Houston and the Brazos Valley.”
To access the winning presentations, go to http://www.texascentral.com/station-competition/