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Estrich Recipient of First Goshow Sustainable Building Design Award

Hannah Estrich, a fifth-year student in Penn State’s Bachelor of Architecture program, is the first recipient of the Nancy Aber Goshow (’68 B.S.) and F. Eric Goshow (’68 B.Arch.) Sustainable Building Design Award, established in spring 2014. Nancy is managing partner and Eric is partner at Goshow Architects LLP, the largest woman-owned firm in New York City and one that is dedicated to “green building design for the public good.”

The purpose of the $1000 award is to honor and recognize outstanding sustainable building design by a female architecture student at Penn State. Hannah was selected based on her design achievement and leadership on the SEED (Students for Environmentally Enlightened Design) Library Project, in which students designed a shipping container library for refugee camps in Africa. The container, stocked with books in the United States, can be shipped virtually anywhere using standard shipping methods, allowing books to go to areas where construction of a library would be costly and impractical.

Hannah said she plans to use part of her award to cover the costs of the LEED Green Associate exam. Of the Goshows, she said: “Your commitment to both sustainable design and to the promotion of women in the field of architecture is inspiring and I could not be more proud to accept the award.”

The Goshows were recipients of the 2012 College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award in Architecture.

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