AF/McAslan Fellowship, Diversity Advancement Scholarship
The Cooper Union
New York, NY
Vaughn Lewis is currently a 5th year thesis student at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. Since he accepted admission to The Cooper Union in the fall of 2014, he has spent a lot of time crafting his academic experience, most importantly by excelling in all of his courses through maintaining a 3.0 GPA and by participating in opportunities which helps to expand his intellectual scope as an architecture student.
Over the course of the last four years he has received several prominent scholarships/grants: First, through The National Science Foundation to part-take in an interdisciplinary research experience for undergraduates (REU) at the University of Nevada, Reno. Second, The Hayden Travel Fellowship which allowed him to participate in a study abroad program in Ghana, Africa, through the Center for Sustainable Engineering, Art and Architecture at Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union. Last, he received The William Cooper Mack Thesis Fellowship and traveled to Berlin, Germany to further the development of his thesis research.
Vaughn’s thesis mediates between two current crises, the housing and refugee, as a way to locate the realities of these global phenomenons which are directly related to spatial design and urbanism. His experiences not only inform how he approached the natural and built environment, but also helps to prepare him for his educational goal of pursuing graduate study, as well as his career plans to become a licensed architect.