College of Architecture and Design

Design/Build Masonry Competition

The Design/Build Masonry Competition has become a highlight of the COAD experience for undergraduate architecture students.

Every spring semester, all second year architecture students are assigned a studio project to design a masonry building with a specific program.  The rest of the second year curriculum is arranged to support and contribute to the studio design project.  In each studio section, each student designs his or her individual project. The studio section as a whole then selects the best design from among their group and forms a team to refine the selected design.  All of the studio teams compete for best design at the end of the semester.

Once the design is selected and refined, a fragment of that project is developed to be built as a full scale mock-up.  Students in each team work together with skilled masons to develop construction details, select and estimate materials, and plan the actual construction of their mock-up.  Finally, over a single week-end in April, the students work with an army of masonry journeymen to build the structures which line the walkway leading to the entrance of the College.

On the following Monday, verbal and graphic presentations are given by the student teams to a panel of jurors. Awards are presented at a gala dinner sponsored by the NJ Masonry Contractors in the COAD Gallery that evening.  Teams compete for over $25,500 in cash prizes amidst much cheering and congratulations by all.

The program is sponsored by the Masonry Contractors of New Jersey in cooperation with the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, NJ Locals 2, 4 and 5, and the International Masonry Institute.

Masonry Design and Build

Masonry 2012 Video Feature

Masonry Design Build 2012, The construction process of this year's Masonry Design and Building Competition. Architecture students building their designs.

Team NJ Solar Decathlon 2011

Solar Decathalon 2011 Video Feature

A walkthrough of the Solar Decathlon house -- design team composed of architecture and industrial design students from NJIT CoAD, working with a team from Rutgers University.

Industrial Design at CoAD

Industrial Design studentsVideo Feature

Folding bicycles designed and fabricated by third year Industrial Design students with instructor Ran Lerner in Fall 2011.

Digital Design at CoAD

Danielle Esmaya Video Feature

Danielle Esmaya created this video for the Video & Animation class a required second year course for Digital Design students.

Grad Studies in Architecture

NCE Video Feature

Justin Capuco graduate student at the New Jersey School of Architecture talks about his rewarding experiences.

Faculty Profile: Matt Gosser

Matt Gosser Video Feature

Matthew Gosser '03, an adjunct professor in NJIT's College of Architecture