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Winners Of Kingspan's 2014 GenK Student Design Competition Announced

Generation-Kingspan-2014Deland, FL - Students from the University of Queensland in Australia took home the top prizes in Kingspan's 2014 GenK student architectural design competition! Short for Generation Kingspan, GenK is an online-based competition created and sponsored by Kingspan Insulated Panels. It is designed to offer design students the opportunity to showcase their talents and gain industry recognition, along with peer and mentor feedback, based on their project entries.

Hayley Kastelein's winning entry - "Captured Space"

“This year, I particularly noticed the entries’ marked sophistication, through the execution of ideas rendered in the presentation drawings," noted GenK judge Lira Luis, AIA RIBA LEED AP BD+C. "They are raising the bar on the possibilities of insulated metal panels as an innovative and ecological building material in their designs. The Architecture & Design community showed progressive interest in the Generation Kingspan Student Architectural Design Competition as there are more entries than in any prior year. This tells me the competition is filling a creative need among our future architects and designers.”

The competition offered two ways to win. The first was by a juried vote from contest judges who are industry leaders. The second was through online voting via KINetic, a Kingspan-created social media network for architectural design professionals, including students.

The 2014 GenK juried winners are:​

• First place: Hayley Kastelein, “Capturing Space,” Architecture Student from the University of Queensland

• Second place: Quoc Anh Ho, “Calgary Urban Beehive Complex,” Masters Student at the University of Queensland

• Third place: Tanner Allred, “A New Paradigm in Urban Agriculture,” Architecture Student at Dalhousie University

The 2014 GenK social media winners are:

• First place: Yi-Lu WU, “Erlton Calgary Urban Complex,” Bachelors Student at the University of Queensland

• Second place: Mehrad Hasani, “Calgary Complex,” Masters Student at Imam Reza International University

Each year GenK's focus features a flagship Kingspan product. For GenK 2014, design students were tasked with concentrating on KarrierPanel™ Barrier Wall Systems and KingZip™ Roofing Panels. Their project entries had to demonstrate how these insulated metal panels (IMPs) can be integrated into the design of an urban mixed-use building. Because green building and sustainable design are a big part of Kingspan's vision and commitment, entrants were challenged to propose high performance building envelope solutions that rely on the performance characteristics of a variety of insulated metal panel types. This supports Kingspan's hope that the student contestants of today will be tomorrow's long-term contributors to the Path to Net Zero.

About Kingspan Insulated Panels - North America


Kingspan Insulated Panels – North America is a business unit of Kingspan, a global company operating in more than 80 countries, with over 200 manufacturing facilities. Kingspan Insulated Panels – North America manufactures and markets three groups of products at its U.S., Canadian and Mexican facilities: insulated metal wall and roof panel systems for commercial/industrial construction; insulated architectural panel and façade systems for design-driven projects; and controlled environment panels and doors for cold-storage and climate-controlled warehousing. In addition to its commitment to quality and innovation, the company is on the leading edge of the sustainability movement, offering best-of-class products produced in state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facilities. To learn more visit

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