Architecture students earn awards for sketches produced in Italy

Three Alfred State students have been awarded cash prizes for architectural sketches they produced while participating in Alfred State’s study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy earlier this year.

Senior Jacob Wasneechak of Youngstown was awarded the first place prize of $700; senior Benjamin Palagonia of Bradford, PA, was awarded $300 for second place; and senior Elizabeth Kirchhoff of Webster was awarded $100 for third place. Student work was judged by Alfred State’s Department of Architecture and Design and prizes were donated by Alfred State alum Bob Pahl and Alfred State professor Joy Carlson, Architecture and Design.

Pahl, who provided the first and second place prizes, visited the students while they were in Italy. He is a 1981 graduate of Alfred State where he earned an AAS degree in architecture before moving on to earn a BArch degree at the Boston Architectural Center. Pahl lives in Hull, Massachusetts, and works for the Science & Academic Group of NBBJ Architects in Boston.

Alfred State’s study abroad program takes place at Sorrento, Italy’s Sant’Anna Institute where programs were recently ranked No. 1 in a USA Today article identifying the top 10 study abroad programs offered today.

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From left, Dr. Heinrich Hermann, chair of the Department of Architecture and Design; student Jacob Wasneechak; Alfred state alum Bob Pahl; student Ben Palagonia; and Jeffrey Johnston, assistant professor, Architecture and Design and coordinator of the study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy.

Elizabeth Kirchhoff

Alfred State student Elizabeth Kirchhoff