By the close of 2022, the Center for Architecture, in partnership with AIA New York, will award $180,000 to students and early and mid-career architects through its robust Grants and Scholarships program. In recent years, the Center for Architecture has expanded its program to provide more scholarships to a broader range of students interested in the study of architecture and award more funding to professionals working on impactful projects that further the research and study of architecture.
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 for AIANY members and the interested public.
Arnold W. Brunner Grant ($50,000)
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. 2022 recipients include:
- Christine Gaspar & Liz Ogbu (Brooklyn, NY), awarded $15,000 for “Design as a Tool to Support Community Healing”
- Jane Lea, AIA (Brooklyn, NY), awarded $10,000 for “Monumental: A Re-imagining of NYC’s Commemorative Landscape”
- Liz Teston, LEED AP (Knoxville, TN), awarded $10,000 for “Public Interiority”
- Julia Watson (Brooklyn, NY), awarded $15,000 for “Lo-TEK: Underwater and Intertidal Nature-based Technologies”
The Center for Architecture plans to collaborate with the recipients to create on-site programming at the completion of their projects.
The Arnold W. Brunner Grant provides single or multiple awards of up to $15,000 each. Applications for the 2023 cycle are due February 3, 2023.
Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant ($25,000)
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. 2022 recipients include:
- Tadd Heidgerken (Detroit, MI), awarded $17,500 for “Designing Houses for a Changing Climate: Nomadic Living and Unseen Environmental
- Zui Lig Ng (Houston, TX), awarded $7,500 for “Shophouses – Sustainable Vessels that Adapt to Environment, Economy, and Culture”
The Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant provides single or multiple awards of up to $25,000 in total each year. Applications for the 2023 cycle are due October 9, 2023.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Center for Architecture Design Scholarship ($10,000)
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 academic performance and evidence of financial need. 2022 recipients were:
- Casey Breen, awarded $5,000 to continue her Master of Landscape Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College New York
- Earl Kwofie, awarded $5,000 as he entered his fifth year of the Cooper Union School of Architecture’s B.Arch program
The Center for Architecture Design Scholarship offers single or multiple awards of up to $5,000. Applications for the 2023 cycle are due March 20, 2023.
Allwork Scholarship ($30,000)
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. 2022 recipients of this merit-based scholarship are:
- Alexander Htet Aung Kyaw, awarded $7,500 towards his Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University
- Bethany Greenway, awarded $7,500 toward towards her dual Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning at the University at Buffalo
- Stephen Zimmerer, awarded $7,500 in the pursuit of a Master of Architecture at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)
- Valeria Bardi Cohen, awarded $7,500 towards her Bachelor of Architecture at Pratt Institute
The Allwork Scholarship offers multiple awards of up to $7,500 each, with the potential of an honors grant of up to $10,000. Applications for the 2023 cycle are due March 20, 2023.
Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship ($50,000)
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 2022 recipients of the award were:
- Bailey Lee, a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, awarded $20,000 towards the five-year Bachelor of Architecture program at Pratt Institute
- Leah Alfred, a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow High School, awarded $10,000 toward the Bachelor of Architecture program at Cooper Union
- Leah Solomon, a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow High School, awarded $10,000 toward the five-year Bachelor of Architecture program at Pratt Institute
- Maylin Rosales, a graduate of the Brooklyn Technical High School, awarded $10,000 toward the Bachelor of Architecture program at City College of New York
The Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship awards up to $25,000 annually, to be dispersed over the recipient’s freshman and sophomore years of college. Applications for the 2023 cycle are due May 26, 2023.
Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals ($5,000)
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 2022 Douglass Haskell Award recipients were:
- Telesis, the student journal of the University of Oklahoma (OU) Division of Architecture, awarded $1,500
- Agora Journal of Urban Planning and Design, the graduate student journal of the University of Michigan Taubman College’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Design, and Architecture programs, awarded $1,500
- Paprika!, the independent student journal of the Yale School of Architecture, awarded $1,500
A 2022 honorable mention was given to:
- PLAT, the independent student journal of the Rice University School of Architecture, awarded $500
The Douglas Haskell Award offers single or multiple awards of up to $5,000. Applications for the 2023 cycle are due June 12, 2023.
In 2022, AIA New York also launched the 2030 Fund, which seeks to build a more diverse and representative profession through student loan forgiveness. The fund, created by 2021 AIANY President Kenneth A. Lewis, AIA, in collaboration with the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycoba|NOMA), seeks to support NOMA’s 2030 Challenge, which aims to double the number of licensed Black architects by the end of the decade. In its inaugural year, the 2030 Fund awarded $10,000 in loan forgiveness to six young BIPOC professionals.
Special thanks to:
2022 Scholarship Committee:
Allison Tomlinson, Gensler
Barry George Bergdoll, Hon. AIANY, Columbia University
Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, AIA, Catherine Seavitt Studio
Hilary M. Sample, FAIA, MOS Architects
Jha D. Amazi, MASS Design Group
Koray Duman, AIA, LEED AP, Büro Koray Duman
Kenneth A. Lewis, AIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Nina Cooke John, AIA, Studio Cooke John
Dr. Sharon E. Sutton, FAIA, Parsons School of Design
Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Committee:
Judy Hunt, wife of Walter Hunt
Keith Frome Rosen, AIA
Madeline Burke-Vigeland, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Gensler
Joshua D. Katz, AIA, Gensler
Ambrose Aliaga-Kelly, AIA, Gensler
Leslie Jabs, AIA, Gensler
2030 Fund Selection Committee:
Kenneth A. Lewis, AIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Gregory T. Switzer, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, SWITZER Architecture
Andrea D. Lamberti, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Rafael Viñoly Architects
Allison E. Lane, AIA, AECOM
Matthew Bremer, AIA, Architecture in Formation
Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, AIA New York | Center for Architecture