This year, the EAA Awards event may have looked a little bit different, but the bridge designs were just as creative and impressive as ever! Over the course of the eight-week virtual program, the students worked with volunteer instructors from the architecture, engineering and construction professions to compile a design package which included a Hand Sketch, Computer Model, Essay and Presentation Video. The students based their bridge design packages on one of two real-world scenarios: 1) a new pedestrian bridge in Calistoga, California or 2) a new cyclist bridge in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The 2021 Bridge Showcase & Awards Event was held on the Hopin conferencing platform on April 17, 2021. Over thirty students from the EAA Bay Area, Atlanta and Houston chapters competed, and students with the top two designs from each class were invited to participate and present live. The virtual event included an Expo where event attendees could view the Hand Sketches and Computer Models of each presenter any time during the event. There was also an opportunity to check-out the Hand Sketches for the People’s Choice Award winners, selected from each class by popular vote.

During the Awards Event, all participating students presented their Hand Sketch and Computer Model to a panel of judges in one of three semi-final sessions. The students discussed their structural design features and artistic inspiration as well as any challenges encountered though the design process. The top scoring student from each semi-final session advanced to the Final Round and made their presentation to the full panel of nine judges. First, second and third place winners were then announced by the Vice Presidents of the Student Impact Project, Dema Tzamaras and Rafael Turcios, and the Vice President of Technology, Simon Ng. This year we were excited to award first prize to Sofie Azmi of Abraham Lincoln High School!

All in all, the 2021 Bridge Showcase & Awards Event was one for the books, and we couldn’t be more proud of our students, volunteer instructors and classroom teachers for making this another successful year for the Student Impact Project!

2021 Awards Event Grand Prize Winner Sofie Azmi

2021 Judges

The Judging panel included industry experts with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences from engineering, architectural and creative fields. The judges evaluated the student presentations as well as each Hand Sketch, and Computer Model.

Robert Becker
Robert Becker Designs

Matthew Dejong

UC Berkeley, Engineering

Katy Ford

Ratcliff Architects

Rupa Garai
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Adrain Ku

Tipping Structural Engineers

Roger Parra

Degenkolb Engineers

David Petta
ELS Architecture and Urban Design

Ray Pugliesi

Degenkolb Engineers

Hala Titus

CDM Smith

Student Entries

Congratulations to all of the students that completed the 2021 Student Impact Project! Here are the top students from each school that qualified to compete for the Bridge Showcase & Awards Event, including students from EAA’s Chapters in Houston and Atlanta. Students are listed by Session Groups, and if they competed in the Awards Event their work is presented in the corresponding Student Entries slide show.


Winner: Kyle Li – 2nd Place

Judges: Katy Taylor Ford, Ray Pugliesi, Adrian Ku

Oakland School for the Arts, Olivia Chan

Alameda Community Learning Center, Betty Melaku

Nea Community Learning Center, Owen Harling

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, Katia Martinez

Abraham Lincoln High School, Kyle Li

Ida B Wells High School, Alex Mendoza

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Emilia Burkhart

New Technology High School, Brayan Gayton

Livermore High School, Stephan Gilbert-O’Neil

Houston – Heights High School, Raul Solis

Houston – Heights High School, Hailey Wood


Winner: Kevin Speroni – 3rd Place

Judges: Rupa Garai, David Petta, Robert Becker

Oakland School for the Arts, Colette Brown

Nea Community Learning Center, Esther McBride

Nea Community Learning Center, Sara Lam

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, Jack Kennedy

Livermore High School, Hershey Sarathy

Livermore High School, Kevin Speroni

Pinole Valley High School, Alyssa Ramos

Houston – Heights High School, Jason Flores

Houston – Heights High School, Cynthia Martinez

Atlanta – The New School, Louisa Hofert


Winner: Sofie Azmi – 1st Place

Judges: Matthew DeJong, Roger Parra, Hala Titus

El Cerrito High School, Maximilian Go

Alameda Community Learning Center, Alex Bertault

Nea Community Learning Center, Ana Jeronimo-Mendez

Abraham Lincoln High School, Sofie Azmi

San Francisco Hilltop High School, Mayerly Alvarez

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Isabel Lombardi-Coronel

New Technology High School, Tian Sanchez

Livermore High School, Adriana Martz

Houston – Heights High School, Zade Rojas

Houston – Heights High School, Lilian Bard

Atlanta – The New School, Jayla N’Diaye