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Wes McGee's Design Team wins Competition

posted May 26, 2010, 7:40 AM by GT Crew Alumni   [ updated Nov 14, 2010, 8:54 AM ]
In Atlanta, there is an organization called the Young Architects Forum and this year they decided to run a national competition during the annual Modern Atlanta event. The design competition was called 10UP and there were entries from all over the world with a jury made of very high profile architects & designers.

After much deliberation, it was announced that the winner is our very own alum Wes McGee & his team: Matter Design!
Wes rowed on the GT Crew team from 1997-2001 and was an amazing rower, taking his Open 4+ to medal at IRA. Congratulations Wes, we wish you the best and will be sure to come see your BUILT STRUCTURE next week! (Helping Wes build this structure is his wife and GT Crew alum Deniz Ozmen McGee! What a creative couple!)

MA (Modern Atlanta) is an enterprise and a brand that believes that DESIGN is a five-letter word: HUMAN. We’ve even named our annual event “Design Is Human”, in part because MA’s mission is to promote design excellence that comes through the creation of sought-after services and desirable products that inspire and satisfy the needs of humanity, and in turn, encourage sustainable practices in lives, businesses, and the public.


You can see more about the team's design & how to go see it (June 1st-6th at White Provisions on Howell Mill) here: http://modern-atlanta.org/ma/10-up-challenge-1st-for-atlanta/


PERISCOPE by Matter Design
Brandon Clifford
Wes McGee
Dave Pigram
Matthew H. Johnson


To advocate bold architecture and encourage artistic endeavors throughout Atlanta in the future, YAF and MA are proud to announce PERISCOPE as this year’s winning project in the first-ever 10UP National Challenge. PERISCOPE will heighten the purpose and exposure of bold architecture, in order to construct a more educated and encouraging public. And through a rigorous selection process, each year 10UP will encourage the opportunity to challenge architecture and design and build a temporary outdoor installation to be selected by a distinguished jury of experts representing the world’s top international architects, designers, and creative minds.

10UP Distinguished Jury who are among the world’s most creative minds in architecture & design:

Office dA | Nader Tehrani
BIG | Kai-Uwe Bergmann
Buro Happold | Craig Schwitter
Massie Architecture | William Massie
Morphosis Architects | Thom Mayne


Periscope rendering
The founders and executive directors of MA (Modern Atlanta), MA10 DESIGN IS HUMAN and 2010 Modern Atlanta Home Tour, a recognized week-long activity celebrating contemporary design excellence from around the world, have asked us, YAF to create a temporary, built and inhabitable installation. This structure is to be installed and operational during MA10 DESIGN IS HUMAN, coming June 1 – 6, 2010.

About Matter Design
Mat­ter is a design col­lab­o­ra­tive stu­dio founded by bran­don clif­ford and wes mcgee. The firm has a num­ber of ongo­ing pre­oc­cu­pa­tions sur­round­ing design as it evolves through the dig­i­tal era.





About Young Architects Forum
The Young Architects Forum is a public forum for the discourse of architecture and relevant topics for young professionals in architecture + design. We are Atlanta’s young architects.

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