UMASS Architecture + Design Students Win First Place in NESEA Net Zero Energy Design Competition

Congratulations to the UMass Architecture + Design Graduate Team for their first place win in the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Net Zero Energy Design Competition. 

The team, comprised of Master of Architecture students Nikki Perry, Nayef Mudawar, Grant Rocco, and Matt Sutter, created a winning design that addresses environmental and social sustainability.  

Set on an abandoned site between the canals in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the students crafted a program that would promote urban farming, opportunities for education and job creation.  Their work included rigorous environmental modeling through which they developed a viable approach to net zero energy goals for the building. 

The project team was advised by Professors Kathleen Lugosch and Ajla Aksamija.  Professor Aksamija is continuing her work with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association in the graduate architecture studio she is currently teaching.  This time, the Holyoke site is an abandoned paper mill. The students are developing adaptive reuse strategies designed to meet net zero energy goals.