UTA Student Wins Award in Bullet Train Design Competition

Julia Green's proposal for the Dallas rail station was selected first in the Station Architectural Design category from 45 entries.

Julia Green

Julia Green, a graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington has been recognized in a statewide competition with her station design for the proposed Dallas-to-Houston bullet train system.  

“The winners of this competition displayed truly innovative ideas, design creativity and an emphasis on sustainability—principles upon which the Texas Bullet Train project will be built,” Texas Central CEO Tim Keith said in a media release.

Dallas-based Texas Central Partners launched the contest earlier this year to seek design proposals for rail stations.

Last month, 13 finalists presented their designs last month to Dallas judges: Kristian Teleki of Matthews Southwest; Lisa Lamkin of BRW Architects; Andrew Hawkins of Hawkins Architecture; Ralph Hawkins of HKS; and Don Gatzke, former dean of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Architecture College. 

Green’s proposal for the Dallas rail station was selected first in the Station Architectural Design category from 45 entries, representing nearly 100 Texas architecture students.

Her design is an elevated station, enabling it to connect with surrounding highways. It includes parking spaces and amenities such as shops and restaurants. There would also be solar panels at the top of the station to help generate power.

“The completeness of Julia’s high-speed rail station plan was impressive,” said Rebecca Cowle, an outreach manager for Texas Central Partners, in a release. “She included all the parking plans, a connection to a DART rail line, the Dallas skyline, the surrounding properties. It was practical, beautiful, and sustainable.” 

Green won $2,000 for her design and UTA received a $5,000 prize.

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