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News: PCC Student Places Second in Prestigious Architecture Competition

Tuason's Work

Pasadena City College’s architecture program continues to build on its past successes. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has once again honored a PCC student. Paul Tuason won second place at this year’s prestigious AIA 2x8: Taut Student Exhibition and Scholarship competition. 

“It’s something you take with you,” Tuason said.

In the fall, Tuason will be attending Woodbury University, which is known for its architecture program. He came to PCC in 2009, wanting to be an architect.

“It’s a really good atmosphere, and very competitive,” he said.

PCC’s two-year architecture program teaches core principles, and connects those principles to sophisticated architecture, according to Coleman Griffith, assistant professor in PCC’s Engineering and Technology Division.

“We’re preparing our students well,” Griffith said.

“Not everybody makes it,” Tuason said. “But if you put your head down, you will get results.”

Jurors selected his work out of 24 student entries from both undergraduate-and graduate-level architecture programs. Woodbury, SCI-Arc, USC, UCLA, Art Center, Cal State Long Beach, and Cal Poly Pomona were among those that competed.

“You expect high-caliber work from the more highly regarded schools, and you see that, but it’s also great to see some of the smaller schools, like the community colleges, submit high-level work,” juror David Montalba of the AIA said.

The proof is not only Tuason, but all the past PCC students who put their heart and soul into their work.

“It takes a lot of dedication, but I knew that’s what I wanted,” he said. “I discovered that there’s a very legitimate program here. I had classmates who came from France just to study architecture here.”

For more information about the PCC Architecture program, call (626) 585-7370.

Release Date: 07/26/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315
Email: jfgutierrez@pasadena.edu