Established in 1951, this prestigious award is presented on the basis of professional promise and is measured in both attitudes and scholastic achievement that demonstrate potential to advance the practice of architecture. The amount of the award is $9,000. 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. 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. A jury convened by the Pittsburgh AIA reviews the portfolios and selects up to four students for interviews with members of the Pittsburgh AIA leadership. The interviews then facilitate the determination of professional promise and ultimate selection of the awardee.
This scholarship is part of the Fourth-Year Design Awards. The 2017-18 theme for these awards, Processes, identifies a style of working that situates architecture within complex systems of material, labor, economy, technology, and ecology. How does one use architectural tools and methodology to critically engage, facilitate, or disrupt different types of processes? Students learn early to carefully consider their personal design process—a series of actions or operations that lead to an end. Instead, this award challenges applicants to consider how their work interacts with natural, technological, or social phenomena, and responds to gradual change through time.
View images from Miranda’s submitted portfolio below.