The Corbelletti Competition – named for Raniero Corbelletti, a past head of the Department of Architecture (1968 to 1988) – traditionally marks the start of a new academic year for upper-level Penn State architecture students.
A competition brief is authored and presented by at least one visiting architect to students on the first day of the fall semester. Students are to consider the intellectual notions presented in the brief, along with historical precedents, projects, and relevant literature, as they undertake to craft a narrative and visual design response to the brief over the next several days. The brief author hosts a lecture or lecture series during that span to delve deeper into the motivations behind the brief, and also serves as the guest juror of the competition.
Entries must be submitted by the end of the week and are then displayed in the Stuckeman Family Building Jury space for open judging. An awards ceremony is held immediately following the judging session at which prizes for first- and second-place, as well as an honorable mention, are presented.
The Corbelletti Competition is open to all second-year through graduate-level architecture students.