KSQ Architects Hosts Contest To Learn From Students About Dorm Life

by Katie Sloan

Fort Worth, Texas — Winner, Abel Perez-Arita, filmed scenes inside Carter Hall, hoping to win a new camera lens for his film major.

Fort Worth, Texas — Abel Perez-Arita, a sophomore at Texas Christian University, has won $800 in a contest sponsored by KSQ Architects. KSQ Architects specializes in the design of collegiate student life spaces, including residence halls, dining halls and student unions. The firm has provided architectural services to TCU for 17 years, including spaces for more than 3,000 student beds. TCU currently requires that 65 percent of its students live on campus.

“We launched the contest because, ultimately, we want to hear from students about what life is like in the residence halls we design,” says David Short, a principal with the firm. “Their input extremely valuable and helps to inform our student life design work — and this was a fun way to receive that input.”


The short-video submissions had to answer the question, “What Makes Your Res Hall Awesome?” Perez-Arita used his camera to document scenes inside Carter Hall, a sophomore residence hall on Campus Commons at TCU. Perez-Arita filmed his friends watching football, doing laundry, and studying in the hall, along with the features he liked about his room, such as bathrooms shared with one roommate, plenty of storage, spaces to study and watch sports, WiFi and cable.


Perez-Arita, a first generation college student, film major and Fort Worth, Texas, native, entered the contest in the hopes of winning prize money to purchase a new 85 mm 1.8g camera lens. Watch his video here.





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