Pavlo Kryvozub has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2012 SOM Prize, a $50,000 Research and Travel Fellowship. Mr. Kryvozub, received his Master of Architecture Degree in June, 2012 from the University of Cincinnati where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar from Ukraine, received second prize in the prestigious Lyceum Fellowship Competition and the distinguished building design award for his thesis project. Pavlo received his undergraduate education in Ukraine studying Graphic Design and later earning B.Arch from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv, a venerable institution founded in 1917 by Ukrainian avant-garde artists including Kazimir Malevich and Vladimir Tatlin. In the interval between his undergraduate degrees and commencement of his graduate studies in the US, Pavlo was employed as a Junior Architect at Creative Architecture Studio “ A. Pashenko” in Kyiv.
Pavlo will utilize his Fellowship for travel to countries in Europe and Asia to carry out research on the topic, “Synthesis of Art & Architecture.” With a background in the fine arts, as well as architecture, Pavlo says that, “The synthesis of the arts within the field of architecture has a long tradition that spans throughout human history....I would like to look for the continuity of development and interaction of architecture with the other arts in both historical and contemporary contexts.”
Future plans for Pavlo include joining a creative architectural practice to gain practical experience and eventually establishing his own practice where he can pursue an architecture in which, “essential artistic qualities will be harmonized and synthesized with contemporary engineering and technology.”
Annie Lauren Stone, the recipient of a $20,000 2012 Travel / Research Fellowship, received her Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May 2012. Annie recalls that throughout her undergraduate education, “there was a continual emphasis placed on the importance of seeing through the acts of drawing and writing” – a practice utilized during her studies abroad in Sweden, Finland and Germany with her University of Tennessee classmates. Her undergraduate thesis titled “The Garden in Exile” drew heavily on her experiences abroad, and dealt with issues of sight, physical site, narrative, and representation. The project was awarded the Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal and a Faculty Letter of Excellence.
Annie’s Fellowship Submission, “Cistercian_ an analysis of sight[e],” aims to build on themes in addressed in her thesis and proposes to map, re-present and interpret key Cistercian monasteries in France. The research agenda proposes an in-depth study of specified monasteries and “will privilege the acts of writing, sketching, photography, and measuring in order to obtain an honest reading of the cycles existing within a specific architectural typology and their transformation of the spaces within.” Through developing a critical method for approaching site and precedent, she hopes to “expand upon the immediacy and exactitude of the camera’s eye–capturing and translating a meaningful essence of place.”
A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Annie’s interest in architecture began initially through a fascination with historical structures in the area. It continued to grow during an experience in her high school years when she was able to volunteer time after school to work on the construction site of her church’s new sanctuary. The experience taught her that, “a high level of thoughtfulness in design could allow a building to have a profoundly positive effect on those inhabiting it.”
Margaret Wildnauer is the recipient of the SOM Foundation 2012 Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship, A May 2012 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Margaret also holds a BS in Civil Engineering, received in May 2010 from Johns Hopkins University.
Margaret received the foundation’s $10,000 Prize for her award- winning Essay ,“ The Fourth E,” the origin of the title of her essay having been inspired by the frequently referenced defining characteristics of structural art as “Efficiency, Economy and Elegance,” (from “The Tower and the Bridge: the New Art of Structural Engineering,” 1983, by Dr. David Billington) Margaret posits that, “As environmental concerns become more prominent, a central priority in the mind of structural engineers and designers should be sustainability and therefore “environment” must be added as a fourth criterion for a successful structure.”
In researching examples of notable buildings and structures that “embody the potential of the structural engineer to create both aesthetically compelling and environmentally –friendly buildings,” Margaret will travel to locations on four continents to study different sustainability strategies, influenced by region and climate, and to explore the different approaches in addressing the relationship between aesthetics and sustainability within structural engineering. Having grown up in a small town in southern Maine, themes of art and the environment were prominent influences from an early age, and inform Margaret’s view of structural engineering as art.
On the occasion of the annual President’s Medals 2012, Paddi Alice Benson of the University of Cambridge received the SOM Foundation Travelling Fellowship Award, given to a student who has completed the Part 1 Course of study at a school of architecture in the United Kingdom. Paddi’s winning submission for the award is entitled, “Remember Berlin – Kunsthochschule Archipelago.”
In explaining the essence of her project, Ms. Benson describes Berlin as a “chaotic” city, and one in which, “… the best of its past is obscured by the global anonymity of the present.” Observing that, “Every urban place enjoys dual identity: one from the building which addresses it, and secondly as a part of the spatial armature which embraces the city,” Ms. Benson’s proposed Kunsthochschule (Art School) reclaims Berlin’s spatial and building typologies, “…articulating individual and collective identities, and mirroring the cultural ensemble to the north. Conceptually, the building is porous, carved from a single solid by light, similar to its Renaissance ancestor, the Villa Guilia.”
Ms. Benson describes her approach to architecture and social perspective as, “…essentially traditional and evolutionary. Architecture is not simply a style, but a language that both reflects human experience and permits transformation based on evolving contexts….My approach is ‘selectively inclusive’, with an interest in interweaving historical and contemporary references in order that the building emerges from a synthesis of ‘what it is’ and “where it is.’ This necessitates a thorough understanding of the brief; potential and evolving patterns of use ( the contained); the history and cultural topography of the context (the container); and the technics / materiality which is itself conditioned by place and purpose.”
Having grown up in London, with Scottish and Irish heritage informing her culture, Paddi hopes to explore in the next stage of her architectural education how the issues encountered in her study of Berlin, “…could be challenged and have evolved in the culturally distinct context of London.” Her SOM Foundation Travelling Fellowship Award will be used to investigate how the social and urban dilemma confronting her generation has been addressed in 18th century Bath, Edinburgh and Dublin, 19th century Paris, Barcelona, Chicago, and New York. These visits will take place between the end of her year out and the commencement of her Part 2 Course of study at Cambridge.
On the occasion of the annual President’s Medals 2012, Rebecca Roberts of the London Metropolitan University received the SOM Foundation 2012 Travelling Fellowship Award, given to a student who has completed the RIBA Part 2 Course of study at a school of architecture in the United Kingdom. Rebecca’s winning submission for the award is entitled “Going to Town: A Gallery for Gerhard Richter in Berlin.”
As described by Ms. Roberts, ”The project exploits the potential for reuse of two existing public buildings in central Berlin, proposing a new concrete vaulted composition to envelop an 18th century baroque church and an office building with spatial disposition and character of the design derived from the interpretation of formal geometries and city typologies.” A second and parallel theme of the project focuses on the purpose of the building as a place to display art and what it means to interpret the philosophy and character of the artist. The program of the gallery is oriented around a selection of Richter’s landscape paintings, which according to the artist, were made “… to see the extent to which we still need beauty - to see whether it’s still conceivable today,”
Ms. Roberts notes that, “The influence of formal geometry, particularly the Cartesian, has been a deeply personal theme of investigation for my work throughout the years. In this project, I have finally felt the confidence to embrace my instinctual design aesthetics and discover structural opportunities using new technologies and materials.” It is from this theme that Rebecca has drawn up her travel itinerary for the next six months to visit five(5) cities with fascinating but contrasting origins, religions, ages and political history: Barcelona, Istanbul, Ephesus, Moscow and Dubai.
Originally from Mayfield in East Sussex, Rebecca now calls London home. As well as studying at the London Metropolitan University, she considers it to have been a privilege to work for Herzog & de Meuron for the last four years in both Basel and London, developing designs for the Tate Modern Extension. Rebecca hopes to continue to develop her skills in construction detailing as well as concept design, noting that, "...there is still so much to learn even though school is over!”