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DIT students win in international design build & hospitality competitions

DIT students won first place in two separate international competitions on design build and on hospitality management.
Together with their three teammates from Oklahoma University, DIT students comprised of Conor Lawlor (BSc in Construction Management), Sarah Gibney (BArch in Architecture) as well as Micheal Ryan (BSc in Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics)—all of whom are collectively called the Green Valley Group—won first place in the 2018 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region V/TEXO Design Build competition held in Dallas.
Teams competed through an intense design-estimate-schedule proposal for the Addiction Treatment Center that will be built in Lucas, Texas. The project tested the multidisciplinary capacity of each team to tackle its challenging requirements. In the end, the Green Valley Group bested all other proposals presented by other teams. DIT is invited to compete again in 2019 because of its students’ excellent performance.
A team of five DIT Hospitality Management students—Joy Godkin O’Brien, Gavin Doran, Aoife McPadden, Conor Mc Eniff and Josh Finegan—won the European Mise en Place Cup (EMCup) 2018 held in Maastricht, beating 32 other schools from 16 European nations. The DIT contingent was coached by Dr John Ryan and Mr Clem Ryan, lecturers at DIT’s School of Hospitality Management and Tourism.
All teams were judged by a panel of 70 hospitality professionals from 40 companies based on the theme “High Touch vs High Tech”, the challenge of using technology in the hospitality sector without sacrificing the human factor.
The EMCup 2018 competition consisted of setting up a social media campaign, writing an academic paper, playing the Hotel Simulation game (called HOTS) and engaging in a debate.
Photos from the Dublin Institute of Technology website