Lester Park Design Competition
The results of the Lester Park design competition have been announced. And the winner is… “Community Tapestry” by Io Design Collaborative’s own Shalae Larsen with team members Jake Alex McIntire and James Argo!
The competition was held by the Utah Chapter of the AIA Young Architects’ Forum and Urban Design Committee. Many hours of volunteer work went into hosting public open houses, gathering citizen input, organizing the background documentation, and writing the competition brief. Ultimately, 12 entries were submitted, three of which were selected by a professional jury. The finalists were then displayed at the Weber County Main Library where community members could vote for their favorite.
Our design, “Community Tapestry”, is the embodiment of Io’s design philosophy of weaving culture, nature and place to create a truly meaningful and sustainable park. As a local design team, we had a unique understanding of the site and its historical, social, and ecological context. This familiarity allowed our design to grow from a simple Ogden railyard diagram into a vibrant series of spaces for everyone to enjoy.
We are truly honored and excited that our proposal was selected by the jury, and especially the citizens, as their park! If given the opportunity we would love to work through the many design details of the park, and continue to evolve the design to incorporate some of the great comments received during the voting process!
If you’d like to learn more, you can visit our portfolio page for Lester Park.