AIA Activate NC’s GoRaleigh Bus Shelter Prototype Design Competition

GoRaleigh Bus Shelter Prototype_Clark Nexsen


AIA Activate NC invited designers to explore and develop a GoRaleigh bus shelter prototype design to generate excitement about transit while incorporating the new GoRaleigh branding to bus stops and bus shelters. The design must also address user criteria such as shelter from the elements, visibility, comfort, and safety. The competition asked design teams to create a new prototype bus shelter design within a $4,000.00 budget for potential city-wide implementation. 


Michael Stevenson, FAIA - Jury Chair, Perkins+Will
Tom Kundig, FAIA - Olson Kundig
Coleman Corker, RA - buildingstudio and Mockbee/Corker Architects
Christian Karkow - NCSU College of Design
David Eatman - City of Raleigh


Stage 1: One of three finalists
Stage 2: One of two finalists with the opportunity to modify based on community input
Stage 3: Winner with design being produced by GoRaleigh
GoRaleigh press release
2018 Triangle AIA Merit Award for Design Excellence
2019 AIA South Atlantic Region Honor Award


The premise of the go[shelter] is to elevate the status of regional bus travel for all passengers. Conceptually it is envisioned to comprise a graphically intense and recognizable system of landmarks in the urbanscape. The prototypical shelter is a folded line of steel that connects points and shelters riders while contributing and strengthening the Go Raleigh brand. The concept can be implemented throughout the region remaining true in it’s formal expression while having the flexibility to adapt to iconic graphic requirements. The go[shelter] reinterprets the transit system graphics into a dynamic, sculptural and functional form that is altogether simple in its execution.

Core design team: Albert M. McDonald, Corey Baughman, Rob Harkey, Noll Kretschman, Sara Noorani, and Will Pate

Fabrication: Southeastern Architectural Systems

Installation: Monteith, Clark Nexsen Construction Services