School of Architecture student team named finalist in national competition

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Oct 1, 2010

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has selected the UH Mānoa School of Architecture student team, Greenboy Productions, as one of two student finalist teams that want sustainable home design to come to life in New Orleans.
The winning design team includes Architecture students Frank Alsup, Sanphawat Jatupatwarangkul, Tuan Tran and Ramo Khem. Team members will travel to New Orleans at the end of October to meet with local architects and community leaders of the Broadmoor District, as well as showcase their design at the 2010 USGBC Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago.
This marks the first year that a Hawai‘i student team has participated in the national competition.
The USGBC Hawai‘i Chapter, in collaboration with UH Mānoa Architecture Professor Stephen Meder, hosted the local portion of the design competition during the Spring 2010 semester. Meder, along with five local jurors with a diverse knowledge of sustainable design and construction, chose Greenboy Productions as the Hawai‘i representative to compete with over 360 design submissions.
Greenboy’s design was selected nationally based on its innovative, affordable, ADA-compliant (American Disabilities Act), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum home, which demonstrated green building principles and will save the future homeowners money over the life-cycle of the home.
The winning design maintained respect for the Broadmoor aesthetic and the opinion of the neighborhood as captured by the community vote held earlier in the summer. To view the winning design, go online to
“The USGBC Hawai‘i Chapter congratulates and is honored to have the design team of Greenboy Productions chosen as a National Finalist,” said Jason Selley, USGBC Hawai‘i Emerging Professionals and Students Chair. “The group has such a great balance of passion, creativity, and the technical skills needed to design such a high-performing home.”
Hawai‘i Competition Jury:
Gail Suzuki-Jones, Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Daniel Sandomire, Armstrong Development Ltd.
Laurie Takahashi, Takahashi Architecture
Ross Yamasaki, KYA Sustainability Studio
Guy Akasaki, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawai‘i, Inc.
Stephen Meder, University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture and Director of the Center for Smart Building and Community Design
Architecture Mentorship Sponsors:
Wayne Goo, WCIT Architecture
Ross Yamasaki, KYA Sustainability Studio
Branka Knezevic, Group 70 International, Inc.
Construction Mentorship Sponsors:
Angela Hines,Swinerton Builders Hawai‘i
Alan Levy, Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.
Jason Wanstrath, Pankow Special Projects, L.P.
National Competition Jury:
Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council
Cameron Sinclair, Co-founder, Architecture of Humanity
LaToya Cantrell, President, Broadmoor Improvement Association
Bob Berkebile, Principal, BNIM
Valerie Casey, Founder & CEO, Designers Accord
Rose Jackson Flenorl, Manager of Social Responsibility, FedEx
Captain Ethan Frizzell, Area Commander, Salvation Army New Orleans
Kurt Hagstette, Associate Director, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Architects
Lindsay Jonker, Executive Director, Salvation Army’s EnviRenew
Liz Ogbu, Associate Design Director, Public Architecture
For more details about the 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition and to see all the local and national competition entries, please visit: and