The John Knox Shear Award is the highest honor granted by the faculty of the School of Architecture to a graduating student in the Bachelor of Architecture program. The award recognizes exceptional design and representation as demonstrated through studio work within the last two years of the program.

Applications for the 2019 award are now closed. The School of Architecture will announce the call for applications for the next award cycle in the spring of 2020.


About the Award

The John Knox Shear Memorial Traveling Award is the highest honor granted by the faculty of the School of Architecture to a graduating student in the Bachelor of Architecture program. The award recognizes exceptional design and representation as demonstrated through studio work within the last two years of the Bachelor of Architecture program. In enabling a substantial travel experience, the award encourages an understanding and analysis of the built environment through direct engagement. The awardee, as selected by SoA faculty, is announced at commencement. The award amount is $10,000.

The 2018-2019 theme Iterations emphasizes design as 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 graduating fifth year students receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree are invited to submit a digital portfolio that curates the design work from their final two years of studio in response to the 2019 theme Iterations, as well as a personal statement positioning their work in relation to the year’s theme.

Students that elect to apply are required to submit an anonymous 11” x 17” landscape format portfolio (PDF) of up to 25 pages (max 20MB) that curates the design work from their final two years of studio as well as a positioning statement, of up to 200 words, that situates their work within the awards program annual theme. Attributions and contributions by others to one’s projects must be clearly stated.


Impact  


School of Architecture faculty will review the proposals and make the selection of the awardee. The awarded student will be asked to write thank you notes to any scholarship sponsors or representatives.


Eligibility & Schedule


All graduating fifth year students receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree are eligible to apply. 

Applications for the 2019 award are now closed. The School of Architecture will announce the call for applications for the next award cycle in the spring of 2020.


Previous Award Winners

2018  |  Anthony Nitche | In Pursuit of Paradise: Morocco, Egypt, Andalusia

2017  |  Sinan Goral

2016  |  Kirk Newton

2015  |  Laura Gonzalez

2014  |  Peter Salim

2013  |  Matthew Adler

2012  |  Jacob Douenias

2011  |  Joseph Koon

2010  |  Ranjit Korah

2009  |  Craig Rosman

2008  |  Xianghua Wu