This Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) King Student Medal for excellence in architectural + environmental design research was awarded to Michael Honyak. Michael received this award for his doctorate research project, ” Design Decisions for a Buildable Prefabricated Modular High-Rise Structure with Customized Geometry: A Case for Honolulu, HI.” His project was selected based upon criteria that acknowleged innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.
Modular prefabricated designs are restricted spatially and formally to rigid boxes in
high-rise buildings, and buildings with customized forms lead to structures that are more complex and expensive. This project challenges these facts and demonstrate that by following a prefabricated modular design methodology, a customized geometrical form can be created while becoming more economically feasible.