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October 16, 2019
by Center for Architecture
Katie MacDonald, Kyle Schumann, and Jonas Hauptman received $13,000 for “Smart Cross-Laminated Bamboo.” Image: Courtesy of Katie MacDonald.
2019 Brunner recipients Katie MacDonald, Kyle Schumann, and Jonas Hauptman received $13,000 for “Smart Cross-Laminated Bamboo.” Image: Courtesy of Katie MacDonald.

In recent years, the Center for Architecture has expanded its robust Grants and Scholarships program to provide more scholarships to a broader range of students interested in the study of architecture and to award a greater amount of funding to professionals and impactful projects that further the research and study of architecture. By the close of 2019, the Center for Architecture, in partnership with AIA New York, will award $140,000 to students and early and mid-career architects.

The Center for Architecture’s Grants and Scholarships program is an important platform to make architecture education available to all and diversify research in architecture, while connecting students and emerging professionals to AIANY members and programs. Awardees frequently present the products of their research grants at the Center for Architecture, and some projects have even been developed into Center for Architecture exhibitions. This year, 2017 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant recipient Mark Zlotsky curated Topiary Tango, a whimsical exhibition based on research he completed across Europe on the intersection between topiary and architecture.

Six grants, scholarships, and awards funding travel, advanced study, student journals, or first architectural degrees are available through the Center for Architecture.

POST-PROFESSIONAL GRANTS

Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant
Originally conceived as a fund to provide architects with the experience of a European Grand Tour, the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant now provides early or mid-career architects with the opportunity to explore unique travel research topics around the world. 2018 recipients, who were announced in early 2019, include:

  • Amanda Aman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Dallas, TX) awarded $10,000 for “Fragile Fields of the Arctic Circle Periphery”
  • Eric Salitsky, AIA, LEED GA (Brooklyn, NY) awarded $7,500 for “Exploring the Global Phenomenon of Multifaith Spaces”
  • Sandra Vivanco, AIA, SEED (San Francisco, CA) awarded $7,500 for “The Feminine and the Modern: Six Pioneer Architects in Latin America”

2018 recipients carried out their research throughout the course of 2019 and will present their projects at the Center for Architecture in Spring 2020.

The Center for Architecture is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant. Applications are due November 1, 2019.

Arnold W. Brunner Grant
The Arnold W. Brunner Grant is awarded to mid-career architects for advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. Projects are judged based on their engagement with contemporary local and global architectural issues and the usefulness of the research’s end product. 2019 recipients include:

  • Richard W. Hayes, AIA (New York, NY) awarded $3,250 for “Build Now: Practical Training at the Architectural Association after World War II”
  • Karen Kubey (Brooklyn, NY) awarded $13,000 for “Good Neighbors II”
  • Katie MacDonald, Kyle Schumann, and Jonas Hauptman (Blacksburg, VA) awarded $13,000 for “Smart Cross-Laminated Bamboo”

The Center for Architecture plans to collaborate with the recipients to create on-site programming at the completion of their projects.

Applications for the 2020 cycle are due February 1, 2020.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Center for Architecture Design Scholarship
The Center for Architecture’s namesake scholarship is targeted at students seeking their first professional degree in architecture or a related design discipline from an accredited school within New York State. The dean or chair of the architectural school or accredited design program may invite up to two students from their respective college or university to apply, based on their high level of academic performance and evidence of financial need. 2019 recipients were:

  • Emmet Sutton, awarded $7,500 for Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute
  • Sonya Feinstein, awarded $5,000 for Master of Architecture, Pratt Institute.

Applications for the 2020 cycle are due March 15, 2020.

Allwork Scholarship
The Allwork Scholarship supports architecture students with demonstrated financial need seeking their first professional degree in architecture or a related design discipline from an accredited school within New York State. In order to apply for this award, students must be nominated by the dean or chair of the school of architecture in which they are currently studying. 2019 recipients of this merit-based scholarship are:

  • Isaac Islas-Cox, awarded $7,500 for Bachelor of Architecture, The Cooper Union
  • Ian LeFever, awarded $7,500 for Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University
  • Jacqueline Love, awarded $7,500 for Master of Architecture, The City College of New York
  • Nicole Marte, awarded $7,500 for Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute.

Applications for the 2020 cycle are due March 15, 2020.

Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship
Founded to promote and encourage the study of architecture by New York City public high school students, the Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship provides a two-year scholarship to supplement tuition and related costs during their freshman and sophomore years at a NAAB-accredited school of architecture in New York State. The scholarship honors Hunt’s dedication to the field of architecture and his wish to specifically support New York City public high school students. The 2019 recipient of the award was:

  • Reginald Huggins, a graduate of Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design, awarded $20,000 toward a Bachelor of Architecture at Howard University.

Applications for the 2020 cycle are due May 15, 2020.

Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals
The Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals supports student journalism on architecture, planning, and related subjects, and fosters regard for intelligent criticism among future professionals. The award is not intended as a prize for individuals, but to support the ongoing publication of student-edited journals whose subject matter pertains to architectural design, history, and theory. The 2019 Douglass Haskell Award was recipient was:

  • Telesis, the student journal of the University of Oklahoma (OU) Division of Architecture, awarded $2,000. Telesis was created to reinforce the creative freedom of OU students, while providing an outlet for them to participate in important theoretical conversations about design.

2019 honorable mentions were given to:

  • PLAT, awarded $500, an independent architecture journal produced by students at Rice University Architecture to stimulate relationships between design, production, and theory
  • Room One Thousand, awarded $500, an entirely student-run architecture journal at University of California, Berkeley

Applications for the 2020 cycle are due May 1, 2020.

Many thanks to the 2019 Scholarship Committee: Gerard Geier, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED AP, FXCollaborative; Barry Bergdoll, Hon. AIA, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation; Gia Wolff, Cooper Union; Eve Klein, Assoc. AIA, User Design Information Group, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, AIA, Catherine Seavitt Studio; Doug Hocking, AIA, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Matthew Clarke, Assoc. AIA, The Trust for Public Land; Emily Abruzzo, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Abruzzo Bodziak Architects; Joe Tortorella, Hon. AIANY, Silman; and Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP, Mitchell Giurgola Architects .

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