The Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 SoA Design Awards. Head Steve Lee and Award Committee Chairs Gerard Damiani and Stefan Gruber recognized the winners during the annual ceremony, held Wednesday, 17 April 2019 in Kresge Theatre. Please join us in congratulating the winners on their tremendous accomplishments, and thanks to all of those who participated in this year’s competitions and joined us for the reception presented by EPIC Metals.
George W. Anderson, Jr. Award | First Place Winner: Shailaja Patel, M.Arch 2020 / Project Title: The Anganwadi Project | Second Place Winner: Pragya Gupta, MSSD 2019 / Project Title: Kinoscope | Awards: $5,000 total ($3,000 First Place, $2,000 Second Place)
The George W. Anderson, Jr. Award recognizes graduate students studying in the School of Architecture who demonstrate through their work “an exceptional level of attention to detail and dedication to beneficially impacting the community” through a completed project. This year’s shortlisted students were Emek Erdolu, Pragya Gupta, Rebecca Lefkowitz, Shailaja Patel, and Sujan Das Shrestha.
Burdett Assistantship | Winners: Alina Kramkova, B.Arch 2020 / Proposal Title: The Last Clinic: An Analysis and Conversation with Contested Space; Joao Castro, M.Arch 2020 / Proposal Title: Retrofitting Shipping Containers to Passive House Criteria; Kyle Bancroft, M.Arch 2020 / Proposal Title: EntRE_Margaret Morrison | Award: $8,000 total ($4,000; $2,000; and $2,000 respectively)
The Burdett Assistantship was established in 1982 in recognition of Bob Burdett’s long and outstanding service to the University and profession. The award provides financial support to School of Architecture Bachelor of Architecture students in their fourth year of studies and Master of Architecture students to support projects and activities that will enhance the winning students’ future work. According to its charter, the winner of the Burdett Assistantship “shall possess love of their subject, integrity, patience, fairness, and respect for others.”
Alwin Cassens, Jr. Memorial Fund in Architecture | Winner: Alyssa Mayorga, B.Arch 2021 / NOMA CMU Chapter | Travel: Attend NOMA National Conference and Mixed-Use Design | Award: $2,200
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.
Deller Prize in Sustainable Architecture and Real Estate | Winner: Alex Lin, B.Arch 2020 | Award: $4,500 and paid summer internship with the Deller Companies in Quito, Ecuador
The Deller Prize in Sustainable Architecture and Real Estate was established by the Deller family of Quito, Ecuador in recognition of the depth and breadth of education that Adriel Deller (B.Arch 2013) received at the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture. The award encourages architecture students to pursue non-traditional career paths, specifically to grow their skills in the specialty of design, construction, and sustainability under the umbrella of the real estate business.
Fourth-Year Design Awards
The School of Architecture recognizes and celebrates design excellence through the Bachelor of Architecture Fourth-Year Design Awards program. 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. 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, the Ralph H. Burt Jr. and Alva L. Hill Scholarship, and the Stewart L. Brown Memorial Scholarship. The awards recognize design excellence and support international travel and research.
This year’s shortlisted students were: Alexandra Fleck, Cotey Anderegg, Kelly Lu, Min Young Jeong, Shariwa Sharada, and Xin Chen.
Luther S. Lashmit Award | Winner: Cotey Anderegg, B.Arch 2020 / Faculty Advisors: Stefan Gruber, Stefani Danes | Award: $5,000
Louis F. Valentour A’49 Traveling Scholarship Fund | Winners: Shariwa Sharada, B.Arch 2020 / Faculty Advisor: Gerard Damiani & Min Young Jeong, B.Arch 2020 / Faculty Advisor: Dana Cupkova | Award: $9,000 total ($4,500 each)
The Luther S. Lashmit and Louis F. Valentour Traveling Scholarships recognize design excellence and support international travel and research. The selected winners prepare a travel or research proposal under the guidance of a faculty advisor to present at the 2019 SoA Awards Ceremony.
Ralph H. Burt Jr. and Alva L. Hill Scholarship | Winners: Christine Zhu, B.Arch 2020 & Joao Castro, M.Arch 2020 | Award: $4,400 total ($2,200 each)
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. The scholarship provides financial support to School of Architecture Bachelor of Architecture students in their fourth year of studies and Master of Architecture students whose work focuses on sustainable environments, performance-based design, and systems integration throughout the design process.
Stewart L. Brown Memorial Scholarship | Winner: Selena Zhen, B.Arch 2020 | Award: $9,000
The Stewart L. Brown Memorial Scholarship recognizes professional promise as measured in both attitudes and scholastic achievement. A jury convened by AIA Pittsburgh reviews the portfolios and selects up to four (4) students for interviews with members of AIA Pittsburgh leadership. The interviews facilitate the determination of professional promise and ultimate selection of the awardee. The award was presented by Stephan Winikoff, President of AIA Pittsburgh.
Gindroz Prize for Travel | Architecture Awardee: Louis Suarez, B.Arch 2021 / Proposal Title: Drawing as a Process for Discovery and Invention | Award: $5,750
The Marilyn and Ray Gindroz Foundation was established to enrich lives and enhance education through travel in Europe and study of traditional architecture, urbanism, and music. The prize recognizes the life-changing potential of becoming immersed in a culture, language, and environment that is different from one’s own. The prize emphasizes both intellectual and craft development. The annual award provides a $5,750 prize to one architecture and one music student pursuing study in European towns and cities.
Payette Prize in Building Science | Winner: Cotey Anderegg, B.Arch 2020 | Award: $4,500
Payette Associates, an international architecture firm in Boston, MA established the Payette Prize in Building Science to recognize the accomplishments of a B.Arch student that has achieved exceptional performance by integrating the fundamentals of building science in the execution of their 3rd year studio projects.
EPIC Metals Competition | First Place: Christoph Eckrich & Gil Jang | Second Place: Rachel Lu & Brandon Smith | Third Place: Alex Wang & Longney Luk | Award: $2,400 total ($1,000 First Place, $800 Second Place, $600 Third Place)
The EPIC Metals Corporation sponsors the EPIC Metals competition for Carnegie Mellon third-year Bachelor of Architecture students to design an innovative object utilizing metal deck systems. Students compete for up to three prizes – first, second, and third place – which share $2,400 in prize money. The first-place team may be invited to tour EPIC Metals’ manufacturing plant in Rankin, PA. The project brief for the 2019 award was Mobile Eco-labs. This year’s finalists were: Team B: Alex Wang / Longney Luk; Team C: Christoph Eckrich / Gil Jang; Team G: Tye Silverthorne/ Daniel Noh; Team H: Rachel Lu / Brandon Smith; Team I: Shirley Chen / Isabella Ouyang; Team N: Juliane O’Day / Deepthi Ganesh.
Measuring & Monitoring Services, Inc. Internship Fund | Winner: Jihoon Park, B.Arch 2020 | Internship: Weiss/Manfredi in NYC | Award: $3,000
The Measuring & Monitoring Services, Inc. Internship Fund has been established through the generosity of James Halpern, BAC ’81. The Fund provides financial support to a SoA undergraduate student who wishes to undertake a summer internship or related program under the guidance of established professionals. The internship fund recognizes the importance and advantage of being immersed for an extended period in the creative processes and organizational dynamics of an architecture firm, non-governmental organization, non-profit organization, or CMU faculty member.
Ferguson Jacobs Prize in Architecture | Winners: Joshua Bard & Francesca Torello for the Advanced Synthesis Options Studio Low-Relief: The Virtual and Material Cultures of Architectural Deceit | Award: $5,000
The Ferguson Jacobs Prize in Architecture has been established to promote continuity of the classical tradition in contemporary architectural practice. It encourages design excellence based on long-standing design principles that promote beauty and harmony in the built environment. Endowed by Mark Ferguson (Arch ’78) and Natalie Jacobs (Arch ’79), this prize is available in alternating years to students and faculty in the SoA. The prize supports projects that explore the classical tradition as vital knowledge to an architect’s education, practice, and scholarship. Emphasis is placed on the dissemination of knowledge of the classical tradition and impact on the wider School of Architecture community.
Margaret B. Gruger (A’41) Faculty Fund | Winner: Stefan Gruber | Proposal Title: Symposium: Designing for a Commons Transition | Award: $5,000
The Margaret B. Gruger (A’41) Faculty Fund was established to support the needs of the School of Architecture and its faculty by supporting projects that advance the mission and reputation of the School.
Isabel Sophia Liceaga Discretionary Fund | Winner: Gerard Damiani | Proposal Title: ASO Portugal: Fabric versus Monument, August 2019 | Award: $2,000
The Isabel Sophia Liceaga Discretionary Fund was established to support faculty-led projects that critically engage students and advance the mission and reputation of the School of Architecture.