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Amalie ElFallah and Kaira Farrell, members of the Montgomery College class of 2016, were honored recently for excellence in student architectural design by the Maryland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Ten winners were selected from among 74 projects submitted; entrants included community college, undergraduate and graduate students.

ElFalla’s East Brunswick Islamic Center (East Brunswick, NJ) received the highest award for community college students. The jury said ElFalla used “form, materials, space and light to great advantage to communicate the spiritual nature of the building.” They also praised her use of materials “borrowed from Muslim traditions while offering contemporary design solutions.” To see the design, click here.

ElFalla was also awarded a jury citation, along with Kaira Farrell, for Spectrum Urban Streetscape, an open outdoor office space. The jury noted the “design provides an opportunity to reimagine the role that a column, wall, opening, roof, and enclosure play…in the work environment.” To see the project, click here.

Both projects were designed with the guidance of faculty sponsor and professor of architecture, Shorieh Talaat, who praised the student’s work.

“I am so very proud of our students and our architecture faculty are in the enviable position of [nurturing] the growth and development of emerging talents year after year,” Talaat said. “The awards and scholarships students receive from our industry associations and partners are a testament to the dedication and passion for learning that Montgomery College has instilled in them from day one.”

In addition to the student awards, the Bioscience Education Center (BEC) on the Germantown Campus, designed by Mitchell-Giurgola Architects, received an Excellence in Design award. Opened in 2014, the BEC was selected from a field of 129 professional entries submitted by 63 firms representing AIA members across Maryland, DC and Virginia.

To see an image of the Bioscience Education Center and to learn more about the building, click here. To learn more about the architecture program at Montgomery College, click here.


Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.


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