The Alwin Cassens, Jr. Memorial Fund in Architecture provides financial support to School of Architecture students for travel in support of their academic pursuits in the area of public interest design.

The School of Architecture will announce the call for applications for the next award cycle in the spring of 2019.


Mission

The Alwin Cassens, Jr. Memorial Fund in Architecture was established in 2015 by Diane Cassens Cummins and Richard Cummins, and Joan Cassens Zinner (MM ’66) in memory of Diane and Joan’s father Alwin Cassens, Jr. (A ’34). The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support to students enrolled in the School of Architecture who are traveling on behalf of the School of Architecture for conferences or other related travel in support of their academic pursuits in the area of public interest design.


Impact  


Applicants must submit a proposal which clearly explains the project purpose, research objectives, methods, and materials. Selection is based upon the following criteria:

  • The impact of the proposal in relation to the applicant’s future work.
  • The applicant’s proposed public presentation to the wider School of Architecture community.

The Head of the School of Architecture will review the proposals and make the selections. The award amount will total $2,200. Upon completion of the project, the funding recipient will be required to make a public presentation of their work to the School community.


Eligibility & Schedule

The Alwin Cassens, Jr. Memorial Fund in Architecture is open to all School of Architecture students involved in academic pursuits related to public interest design.

The School of Architecture will announce the call for applications for the next award cycle in the spring of 2019.


Previous Award Winners

2018  |  Alison Katz on behalf of Freedom By Design CMU Chapter  Travel to attend AIAS Grassroots 2018

2017  |  Yoon Oh, Sophie Nahrmann, Garrett Rauck, & Candace Ju  Support for internship with Project RE_

2017  |  Sinan Goral  Travel to Arizona and California to study American mid-twentieth century architecture

2016  |  Carter Nelson  Study of case study houses