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In its 30th Year, the Richard Morris Hunt Prize Redoubles its Impact

PARIS- At a moment of global environmental concern, one organization is supporting greater scholarship in conserving the built environment — the Richard Morris Hunt Prize. Founded in 1990, the Richard Morris Hunt Prize awards two prizes each year to two laureates, a Fellow and a Scholar, practicing architects specializing in historic preservation. Grants are alternatively given to French and American recipients to support in-depth research travel in the two countries. During the Richard Morris Hunt Jury on December 6th, 2019, the remarkable quality of all four finalists motivated the decision to give not only the annual RMHP Fellow and Scholar awards, but also two special 30th Anniversary Grants. Their subjects were thoroughly relevant and contemporary.

The 2020 RMHP Fellow, Simon Petot-Bottin, presented a subject entitled “National Parks and Their Amenities: The Paradox of Architecture Within Parks.” Petot-Bottin will receive a grant of $20,000 to support six months of research in the United States. Barbara Lambec, 2020 RMHP Scholar, presented a subject entitled “Waste or Opportunity: Reuse as a Vector for Renewing the Economics of Materials.” Her five-week research trip to the United States will be supported by a $5,000 grant. Runners-up Bérénice Gaussuin and Pierre Gommier will each benefit from a $2,500 award for travel and research.

During their travel and study, Fellows, Scholars, and grant recipients will benefit from the support of the Richard Morris Hunt Prize, the American Institute of Architects, (AIA), and the Architects Foundation (AF) managing teams. Scholars typically engage with the foremost experts in their chosen fields, exploring unique and exemplary sites while confronting new approaches and techniques. Finally, they become part of a rich network comprised by the thirty-seven RMHP Laureates.

RMHP 2020 Laureates

The Architects Foundation’s 2019 Year in Review

This year, the Architects Foundation (AF) solidified its position as attracting, inspiring and investing in the next-generation design community. AF now runs eight different scholarship programs (attract/invest), is building out its museum programming at The Octagon through 2021 (attract/inspire), and has built a framework for a strategic planning process. Throughout 2019, the Foundation has interacted with every single AIA team in support of its initiatives.

AF welcomed 37 new scholars in 2019 with the combined help of 31 jurors, and continues to support an additional 26 scholars with multiyear awards. The Foundation congratulates Orli Hakanoglu, Vaughn Lewis and Jalen Price on graduating from their architecture degree programs.

2019 has also been a whirlwind of networking! The Architects Foundation opened The Octagon’s doors to 3,500+ people for exhibits, tours and lectures. See our latest video of The Octagon here.

AF additionally met with 30+ scholars around the country—in Chicago, Dallas, DC, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and New York.

Finally, the Architects Foundation thanks David Melanҫon for his board service through 2019. Going into 2020, AF welcomes Kendrick Higa, AIA and Daniel Kirby, FAIA to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Architects Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Scholarship Programs

WASHINGTON –The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), is now accepting applications for five scholarships supporting students pursuing architecture degrees.

Diversity Advancement Scholarship
This multiyear scholarship supports high school and undergraduate minority students who are entering, enrolled in, or transferring into an undergraduate architecture program recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Scholarships may be renewed every year for up to five years or until the degree is completed ($20,000 total award toward tuition and fees).

Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship
The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship is a $10,000 award toward tuition and fees supporting a woman studying architecture within a NAAB-accredited bachelor or master’s degree program. The awardee will also receive a senior mentor from Payette for the scholarship year.

Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship
The Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship supports a graduate student whose work demonstrates an exemplary focus at the design intersection of sustainability, resilience, wellness and beauty. The scholarship recipient receives $5,000 toward tuition and fees and mentorship from Yann Weymouth, AIA, for the scholarship year.

The a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp Scholarship
The a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp Scholarship is awarded annually to two students who demonstrate a strong interest in practice and risk management in the field of architecture. Each student receives a $5,000 award toward tuition and fees.

The Architects Foundation / McAslan Fellowship
Established in 2019, the Architects Foundation/McAslan Fellowship supports travel for two students to engage with UK-based firm John McAslan+ Partners. Each student will receive a $7,500 award to work with the firm on a homelessness initiative in Scotland.

The application period for these five scholarships is open through Jan. 17, 2020. More information on the Foundation’s scholarship programs can be found online.

Architects Foundation announces 2019 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recipients

Scholarship recipients receive funds, a subscription to ArchiPrep® and study materials for the Architectural Registration Examination. 

WASHINGTON –The Architects Foundation is awarding ten recipients with its 2019 Jason Pettigrew Memorial Architect Registration Examination (ARE) Scholarship.

The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of emerging professionals at early stages in their careers and helps defray the costs associated with the ARE. Each of the scholarship recipients will receive funds to cover all sections of the ARE, as well as a free subscription to ArchiPrep® and up to $500 worth of ARE 5.0 study materials. This year’s scholars include:

  • Evan Berger, Assoc. AIA
  • Hiba Bhatty, Assoc. AIA
  • Ethan Coverstone, Assoc. AIA
  • Michele Crawford, Assoc. AIA
  • Gustavo Diez Presilla, Assoc. AIA
  • Tasanee Durrett, Assoc. AIA
  • Johanna Forman, Assoc. AIA
  • Tiara Hughes, Assoc. AIA
  • Sandra Montalbo, Assoc. AIA
  • Ofunne Oganwu, Assoc. AIA

Three additional scholarships are also being donated this year by 2018 Pettigrew Scholarship recipient Tiffany Brown, Assoc. AIA. Brown’s scholarship will cover the cost of AREs for African American females who did not already receive an award this year through her organization 400 FORWARD, which aims to support the next generation of licensed women architects. Recipients of Brown’s award, include:

  • Tasheria Shorts, Assoc. AIA
  • Gloria Spellen, Assoc. AIA
  •  Zandria Mims Tolliver, Assoc. AIA

“We’re astounded every year by the caliber of the applicants for this scholarship, and this year was no exception,” said Architects Foundation Board member and jury chair Bill Roschen, FAIA. “We very much appreciate Ms. Brown stepping in to provide additional help, which is a great testament to the strong alumni network of our Architects Foundation scholars.”

The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship was established in 2004 by the AIA National Associates Committee, to honor the memory of their late friend and colleague, Jason Pettigrew, Associate AIA. The scholarship has been with the Architects Foundation since 2015.

Complete details on the Jason Pettigrew scholarship program are available on the Architects Foundation website.

Graduation reflections from Architects Foundation Scholars

Orli HakanogluOrli Hakanoglu
2018 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Scholar
May 2019 Graduate, Yale University

It has been [a few months] since I graduated with my M-Arch degree from Yale, and have had a bit of time to relax and reflect on the past three incredible years. When I started school, I had no idea what world I was about to enter; all I knew was my own curiosity and eagerness to join a community that spoke my language. What I didn’t anticipate was the richness of this language, and that it had such a wealth of “dialects,” so to speak. I was introduced to countless angles of investigation that greatly expanded my understanding of the process of design. Anchoring me and my peers’ exploration was an understanding of history, context, and an essential reflexivity about the role of the profession itself. This multifaceted quality of inquiry was encouraged from all directions: students, faculty, visiting critics and jurors, members of the University, and the broader New Haven community.

The semester-long teaching fellowships I held were probably the highlight of my time at Yale, particularly those in which I was given a hands-on role as an instructor. I would have never imagined that my own knowledge of the subject could be so deepened through work with brilliant peers only a year or two my junior. The school’s encouragement of a richness of perspective and ways of seeing is likely its most powerful pedagogical tool, and I hope to cultivate the same open-mindedness within the communities I belong to in my post-graduate life. I am endlessly thankful to Payette and the Architects Foundation for their support in making this education possible for me. Having graduated, I am now ready to experience the aspects of the profession less dwelled-upon in the classroom, and am planning my next steps as an architect with optimism and excitement.

Vaughn LewisVaughn Lewis
2014 Diversity Advancement Scholar, AF/McAslan Fellow
May 2019 Graduate, The Cooper Union

My acceptance into The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in 2014 was an incredible opportunity which was both exciting and challenging. It came at a difficult time, a complex year in the 155-year history of the institution when there was a change in Cooper’s tuition policy. Because of this, my first studio Architectonics, led by David Gersten with Wes Rozen and Rikke Jørgensen, was the most formative during my education. In that semester my professors worked to create situations within which the students could inhabit questions and create new works that would embody the current moment in the life of the institution. Together with my classmates, we measured, drew and built a six-foot-high scaled model of the Foundation Building’s exterior, filled with each student’s interpretation of salient interior spaces. Speaking metaphorically, our professors placed the weight of the school in our hands, to care for the school in the most profound sense of “building it.” We built a model of The Cooper Union while acknowledging that The Cooper Union is itself a model of education. This approach was unlike anything I thought studying architecture would be and as a result of this experience, each studio thereafter became a social poetic act, a collection of gestures of ethics and imagination.

Throughout my studies, I committed myself to seek out programs which would provide me the foundation I needed to become a valuable member of any design team. Aside from my design studios and classes, it was extremely important to me that I supplemented my education with teaching. I learned about the school of architecture while I was in high school and attending a Cooper Union pre-college program called The Saturday Program. The program offered free studio art courses to New York City Public High School students and gave students individual advisement on applying to colleges along with preparing their art and architecture portfolios. It was because of this program that I gained the necessary skills I needed to create a competitive application for acceptance to The Cooper Union. So in my sophomore year, I became an instructor and taught a class each semester thereafter until I graduated. It was important for me to help give to others what was given to me because I fully understand that service is the price we
pay for the space we occupy.

I also received several prominent scholarships/grants and fellowships including: a grant from The National Science Foundation, 2018 William Cooper Mack Thesis Fellowship, 2017 Palmer Hayden Travel Fellowship and the 2015 AIA /AF Diversity Scholarship. These fellowships and organizations have provided me with a tremendous amount of financial and moral support. As a result of these opportunities, I was fortunate enough to travel to places like Mexico, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, China, and Africa.

An integral aspect of architecture is its engagement with different cultures and communities around the world. Furthermore, I pursued architecture fully aware of the disparity between the total number of African American in the U.S. population and the percentage of licensed African-American architects.

However, I believe that without greater diversity in the architecture field, the profession threatens to limit its views, perspectives, and ideas. As we live in a multicultural society, it is my belief that the architecture profession should support professionals who reflect and represent the diverse communities they serve.

Jalen PriceJalen Price
2014 Diversity Advancement Scholar
May 2019 Graduate, Drury University

My time in architecture school is one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences in my life. Going into this course of study, I had a base understanding of architecture. I was unaware of the depth at which architects and other design professions do impact society. Throughout my five years at Drury University, I grew as a person and largely as a designer. I was challenged to design in a variety of typologies and user groups. My designs ranged from a singular space to complexes, to a 25-year master plan. Outside of design, I solidified my commitment to using design to impact my community through the student organizations Art of Space and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). I was able to grow my leadership skills as a Residential Assistant for the university.

In addition to working part-time, keeping up with course requirements, and participating in various organizations, I am proud of receiving the following recognition during my time in architecture school: Three-time recipient of a scholarship from the AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund; Community Award recipient from the Hammons School of Architecture; and Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal recipient from the Hammons School of Architecture. I completed two architecture internships. I was a Summer Intern with Grice Group Architects -St. Louis, MO in 2017. I completed a Spring internship with Agency Landscape and Planning – Cambridge, MA in 2019.

As I enter the professional world, I will begin with a position as an Architectural Designer with BRR Architecture in Kansas City, MO. I am excited to see where this opportunity takes me. I carry two pieces of advice as I begin this phase of my life. A professor once told me keep growing and refuse to become stagnant in my path as a designer and person. The second piece of advice came from a mentor who told to always seize opportunities from those who believe in me. The intersection of design and positive community impact I learned at Drury has sparked an interest in urban design; therefore, I plan to pursue an additional degree in the future.

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network endows Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship

AIA Knowledge Community becomes Foundation’s first donor providing support in perpetuity for the Foundation’s diversity initiative.

WASHINGTON – The Architects Foundation is receiving a permanent endowment from The American Institute of Architects’ Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) to fund additional Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients.

Through its $150,000 gift, CRAN will support a minority architecture student who shows interest in residential architecture as a career path by funding their college experience with $20,000 to be distributed evenly over the course of up to 5 years.

“CRAN is pleased to further the educational needs of future residential architects,” said 2019 CRAN Chair Mary S. Cerrone, AIA. “The positive experience from this first scholarship investment prompted CRAN to invest more fully in the education of future minority architects.”

This is not the first time CRAN has supported the Diversity Advancement Scholarship. Last year, the CRAN Legacy Committee—a volunteer group comprised of the knowledge community’s past chairs—previously gave $20,000 to support one scholar in 2018.

“This very generous gift from CRAN has set the stage for new foundation pillars of giving focused on scholarships in perpetuity” said Architects Foundation President James Walbridge, AIA. “Our board has created a fundraising campaign called ‘Pillars for the Future.’ Each pillar represents one Diversity Advancement Scholarship in perpetuity.

‘With this gift, CRAN has become the foundation pillar. We are so delighted to have CRAN as our partner in this effort to attract, inspire and invest in a diverse next-generation design community.”

The Architects Foundation has been working to expand the Diversity Advancement Scholarship. Last week, the Foundation awarded ten minority students entering or transferring to accredited architecture programs with scholarships.

Applications for the 2020-2021 Diversity Advancement Scholarship will open in fall 2019.  Complete details are available on the Foundations website.

Individuals and organizations interested in creating a lasting impact to support and empower a diverse next-generation design community are encouraged to contact the Architects Foundation.

2019 Architects Foundation Scholars Selected

Newly expanded scholarships recognize and support diverse future leaders of the profession in equity, historic preservation, risk management and sustainability

WASHINGTON – The Architects Foundation is continuing to support the future of the architecture profession by recognizing and supporting scholars through an ever-expanding scholarship and grant program offering.  Programs listed below represent the latest recipients of the Architect’s Foundation scholarship and grant program.

Architects Foundation/McAslan Fellowship
The Architects Foundation is awarding the inaugural 2019 Architects Foundation/McAslan Fellowship to Cooper Union student Vaughn Lewis and University of Nebraska-Lincoln student Shayla Dick.  The scholarship supports travel experiences for two top graduating students to engage with McAslan+Partners and the World Monuments Fund.

Learn more about this year’s Architects Foundation/McAslan Fellowship.

Diversity Advancement Scholarship
The Architects Foundation is continuing to support diversity in the architecture profession by awarding its Diversity Advancement Scholarship to 10 students entering architecture school.  Each of the students will receive $4,000 per year towards tuition for the next five years totaling $20,000 each. This year’s recipients are:

Roberto Arroyo Nia Lankford
Kayla Brown Samuel Leung
Justine Do (Benjamin Moore & Co. Scholar) Sarah Lowrey
Yanela Diaz     Jalion McLean
Alec Jackson Michael Stokes

Learn more about this year’s Diversity Advancement Scholarship.

2019-2020 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship
The Architects Foundation is awarding the 2019-2020 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship to Yale University student Michelle Badr. Badr will receive a $10,000 scholarship intended to support the education of women in architecture. She will also be mentored by an architect at Payette for the scholarship year. Badr is the fourth recipient of the scholarship, which honors late architect Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA, a long-time principal at Payette and a healthcare practice leader who was instrumental in defining and elevating the national discourse for women in design.
Learn more about this year’s Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship.

Sho-Ping Chin Women’s Leadership Summit Grants
The Architects Foundation is recognizing and supporting women in architecture with the Sho-Ping Chin Women’s Leadership Summit Grant. Specifically, the grant provides registration and travel to the 2019 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit for women in architecture moving into leadership roles in the profession. This year, the grant will fund eleven women to attend the summit, which is being held from September 12-14 in Minneapolis. This year’s recipients are:

Learn more about this year’s Sho-Ping Chin Women’s Leadership Summit Grants.

2019-2020 a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship
The Architects Foundation is awarding the 2019-2020 a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship to Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) student Vardhan Mehta and Texas A&M University student Hassan Anifowose. Each will receive $5,000 to be used towards tuition for demonstrating a strong interest in practice and risk management. The scholarship honors David W. Lakamp, who was a founder of a/e ProNet and a trusted advisor to the profession of architecture.

Learn more about this year’s a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship.

Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship
The Architects Foundation is awarding the inaugural Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship to Cornell University student Laura Stargala. Stargala will receive a $5,000 scholarship towards tuition for demonstrating an exemplary work focus at design that includes sustainability, resilience, wellness and beauty.

Learn more about this year’s Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship.


Architects Foundation now accepting applications for two scholarships

WASHINGTON – Beginning today, architecture students can apply to the Architects Foundation—the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)—for two scholarships that can help advance their professional goals.

“Scholarships are key to supporting the next generation of architects,” said Architects Foundation Executive Director Marci Reed. “By providing these opportunities to students matriculating from architecture programs and to graduate students, the Architects Foundation aims to empower students to excel in the profession and have positive impact on their communities and the world.”

Applications are currently being accepted for the Architects Foundation/McAslan Fellowship and the a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship. Architecture students that meet all outlined criteria are eligible to apply. Applications must be received for either scholarship by Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in order to be considered.

This is the first year The Architects Foundation/McAslan Fellowship is being offered. The scholarship supports travel experiences for two top graduating students to engage with McAslan+Partners and the World Monuments Fund. Specifically, selected students will participate in the restoration of the Madame Gauthier Villa in Port au Prince, Haiti. The program is part of the U.S. State Department’s newly awarded Ambassador’s Fund. As part of the scholarship, students will travel to New York as well as Port-au-Prince.

This is also the first year the Architects Foundation is offering the a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship, which was established in 1990. The scholarship honors David W. Lakamp, who was a founder of a/e ProNet and a trusted advisor to the profession of architecture. Lakamp’s legacy of professionalism and integrity set new standards in the field of insurance services. In his honor, two students who best demonstrate a strong interest in practice and risk management will each receive a $5,000 award that can be used towards tuition.

Complete details on all scholarship programs offered by the Architects Foundation can be reviewed here.