A space colonization concept by Anh Nguyen MArch ’07 and Shawn Chinudomsub of IDAS, Inc. has won the inaugural Joan B. Calambokidis Innovation in Masonry Competition in the architectural/engineering firm category. Their design for a hexagonal masonry unit suitable for assembly in space can be made with indigenous materials and simple hand tools. The award, sponsored by International Masonry Institute (IMI), recognizes former IMI President Joan B. Calambokidis, who retired in 2017.
Winners gathered at an awards ceremony hosted by the awards sponsor, the International Masonry Institute (IMI), and the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC) in Miami, Florida on March 6, 2018. (Nguyen (far left) poses with other award winners and Joan B. Calambokidis, former IMI President (center).)