10th Annual Student Design Competition

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The City of Burbank Building Division sponsors the Student Design Competition each year in collaboration with Burbank Water and Power and the Burbank Recycle Center to provide an opportunity for high school students in the City to creatively explore the areas of architecture and building design. Last year, Building Division was proud to add Woodbury University as a partner in the competition.

This subject of this year’s contest is the design of a hillside house for an action figure or cartoon character. Burbank is home to major studios such as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros. Pretend that one of these studios hired you to work on a cartoon, TV or movie for your favorite action figure or cartoon character. Design a house for them using the hypothetical hillside site shown in the Program booklet.

Program Booklet


Registration Form



First Place $1500 - Christopher Westwood
"Captain America"
Burbank High
Christopher Westwood


Second Place $1000- Rebekah Niver
“Captain America"
Burroughs High
Rebekah Niver


Third Place $500 – Karla Lopez and Vanesa Ramos
"Sandy Cheeks"
Burroughs High
Karla Lopez, Vanesa Ramos

Honorable Mention

Cathan Roque
"Lilo and Stitch" 
Burroughs High
Cathan Roque

Joseph Dasalla
"Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants"
Burroughs High
Joseph Dasalla

January 11, 2013 Deadline to submit registration forms

January – February 2013 Interactive meetings with City staff and sponsors, to be arranged

February 19, 2013 PROJECT SUBMITTAL DEADLINE. (In order to be fair to all applicants, no extensions can be given.)

February 26, 2013 Recognition Party: Announcement of awards at the Community Services Building

April 2, 2013 City Council Presentation 

A panel from the Burbank community comprising architects, council members and representatives from the creative industry will judge the entries based the project’s:
• Design and creativity: How unique is the solution?
• Presentation quality and workmanship: How clear are the presentation boards and model?
• Program: Does the project fulfill the program requirements?
• Is the house environmentally friendly? (See Program for details)

The Burbank Water and Power-Recycle Center Environmental Scholarship is awarded based on the integration of environmentally beneficial features such as recycled materials, rainwater capturing, and composting.Also, is the house an energy efficient building that addresses the solar orientation, cooling/heating needs, and wind/sun protection of the site.

First Place     $1,500 per team
Second Place $1,000 per team
Third Place     $ 500 per team

For more information, contact Carol-Ann Coates in Building Division at 818-238-5226 or email ccoates@ci.burbank.ca.us


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