The School of Architecture recognizes and celebrates design excellence through the Bachelor of Architecture Fourth-Year Design Awards program. 

Four awards are available to fourth-year Bachelor of Architecture students: The Luther S. Lashmit & Louis F. Valentour Traveling Scholarships, the Ralph H. Burt Jr. and Alva L. Hill Scholarship, and the Stewart L. Brown Memorial Scholarship. 

The School of Architecture is currently accepting applications for the 2019 award. Applications are due at 11:59pm EST on
20 March 2019. View the application instructions and apply at the link below.


About the Awards

The 2018-2019 theme for the first three awards is Iterations, emphasizing design as a continuous cycle of proposing, prototyping, testing, analyzing, and refining ideas—in short, the critical interaction of mind and hand. Recognizing the value of experimentation and failure, how does your work reflect a capacity to adapt and engage in an evolutionary process?

All fourth-year students pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture degree are invited to submit a digital portfolio and a personal statement positioning their work in relation to the year’s theme. The following Fourth-Year Design Awards are available to Bachelor of Architecture students in their fourth-year of the program:

  • The Luther S. Lashmit and Louis F. Valentour Traveling Scholarships recognize design excellence and support international travel and research. All Bachelor of Architecture students in their fourth-year of studies are eligible to apply. The application requires applicants to submit a travel or research proposal. The selected winner will be asked to prepare a travel or research proposal prior to the 2019 SoA Awards Ceremony in April. You will prepare a travel or research proposal under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The award amount totals $5,000 for the Lashmit Scholarship and $9,000 for the Valentour Scholarship.

  • The Ralph H. Burt Jr. and Alva L. Hill Scholarship was established in 2010 in honor of Ralph Burt and Alva Hill, the founders of Burt Hill architecture, engineering, and planning firm. Preference is given to students whose work focuses on sustainable environments, performance-based design, and systems integration throughout the design process in alignment with the legacy of the work of Burt Hill. All Bachelor of Architecture students in their fourth-year of studies and Master of Architecture students are eligible to participate. The award amount is $2,200 to be awarded to a B.Arch student in their fourth year of study.

  • As a supplement to the Fourth-Year Design Awards, the Stewart L. Brown Memorial Scholarship recognizes professional promise as measured in both attitudes and scholastic achievement. The award serves as a balance to the AIA Medal Award, which is given only on the basis of scholarship. All Bachelor of Architecture students in their fourth-year of studies are eligible to apply. A jury convened by the Pittsburgh AIA will review the portfolios and select up to four (4) students for interviews with members of the Pittsburgh AIA leadership. The interviews will facilitate the determination of professional promise and ultimate selection of the awardee.The award amount totals $9,000 for the Stuart L. Brown Memorial Scholarship.

    Applicants must submit a separate application to SlideRoom to be further reviewed by a separate jury for the Stewart L. Brown Award. In addition to the design portfolio, applicants to the Stewart L. Brown award must also submit a statement of up to 200 words articulating their interests in professional practice.


POSITIONING STATEMENT

Please provide a positioning statement (no more than 200 words) that situates your work within the awards program annual theme.

PORTFOLIO

Please download the InDesign template at the links below to create the board that will be displayed for the Fourth Year Design Awards Exhibition. You will save your board as PDF document (no larger than 20 MB) and upload it to the media section of the application portal on SlideRoom. The SoA will print and mount the boards of award recipients to be displayed in the SoA office and conference room. Participants may include limited examples of work conducted during internships. Attributions and contributions by others to one’s projects must be clearly stated.


Impact  


Awardees shall submit travel proposals following their selection and are required to receive proposal approval prior to the distribution of funds. Travel award winners are expected to provide a verbal and visual presentation of their travels and research to the School at the annual SoA spring awards celebration. All students receiving awards will be asked to write thank you notes to any scholarship sponsors or representatives.


Eligibility & Schedule


The Fourth-Year Design Awards competition is open to all fourth-year undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree. All eligible students are invited to apply.

The School of Architecture is currently accepting applications for the 2019 award. Applications are due at 11:59pm EST on
20 March 2019.


Previous Award Winners

Luther S. Lashmit Traveling Scholarship

2018  |  Kelly Li

2017  |  Sophie Nahrmann

2016  |  Matthew Porter

2015  |  Gabriel Vidal Hallett

2014  |  Tony Zhang

2013  |  Rohan Rathod & Morgan Stampf

2012  |  Talia Perry

2011  |  Alex Greenhut

2010  |  John Soh

2009  |  David Kennedy

2008  |  Blake Lam
 

Stewart L. Brown Memorial Scholarship

2018  |  Miranda Ford

2017  |  Matthew Porter

2016  |  Laura Gonzalez

2015  |  Joel McCullough

2014  |  N/A

2013  |  Ibrahim Garcia-Bengochea

2012  |  Stephanie Newcomb

2011  |  N/A

2010  |  Yifei Lu

2009  |  Xianghu Wu

2008  |  Ben Saks

Louis F. Valentour Traveling Scholarship

2018  |  Elizabeth Levy

2017  |  Rachel Muse

2016  |  Cy Kim, Kelsey Simpson & Mark Terra-Salomao

2015  |  Gloriana Gonzalez

2014  |  Penelope Hopen & Amir Jahanibin

2013  |  Phillip Denny

2012  |  Jensen Ying

2011  |  Zachary Cohen

2010  |  Ellen Garrett

2009  |  Christopher Gallot

2008  |  Natale Cozzolongo