Incorporated into ULA's annual Universidada" activity in which students design a product and exhibit their design with mockups, the SEC-sponsored competition allowed students to work directly with U.S. softwoods, building familiarity with softwood lumber—an important investment in our future trade with Mexico.
In teams of two and three, students were asked to think critically about furniture use, designing a piece that served dual functions. The winners would have the opportunity to work with a cabinet maker to produce a prototype in real scale (maximum 1m x .80m x 1.10m) as well as travel to the U.S. to tour American-made buildings and learn about the benefits of softwoods in construction.
The winning piece, pictured above, is described by its designers:
"This is multifunctional furniture made with Eastern White Pine. The idea was to create a piece that occupies little space, but provides a comfortable spot for the user to sit and read a book. We decided to create a book case with drawers and benches that could also be used as a storage shelf; it is the user who decides the propose.”
Winners Pamela Hernández Buenrostro, Ximena Hernández Velasco, and Vianey Maldonado Villagómez travel to Seattle next week for tours of MillerHull's Bullit Center, The University of Washington Architecture department, and Pike Place renovations.