What is the future of the architectural profession? It is today’s stand-out architectural students, who excel academically and demonstrate a passion for the profession, as well as a commitment to design excellence, leadership, and community. They are the future architects that will continue to strengthen and move the profession and the world forward.
These were among the characteristics noted by the Michigan Architectural Foundation’s Scholarship Jury, when selecting MAF’s 2022 Scholarship winners. MAF recently awarded eleven scholarships totaling $32,500 to ten Michigan college and university architecture students.
MAF awards the scholarships annually to students who are completing a Bachelor’s Degree program and who have been accepted or currently enrolled in a professional program leading to a Master of Architecture degree. One scholarship, the Richard M. and Sydney K. Robinson Scholarship, is awarded annually to a student at the University of Michigan completing their first year of architecture studies. Each scholarship defines specific judging criteria, including financial need.
MAF’s 2022 scholarship recipients (and their scholarships) are:
MAF’s 2022 scholarship recipients were acknowledged at MAF’s third annual MAF Donor Recognition Event, held on April 28, 2022, at the offices of SmithGroup Detroit, in the historic Guardian Building.
“The scholarship jury was pleased by a strong uptick in the number of applicants in this year’s award cycle, as well as the quality of all of the applications,” said Tim Casai, FAIA, MAF Scholarship Committee chair and scholarship juror. “Each year, students are in need of scholarship support due to escalating cost of architectural education, and college in general. MAF is pleased to help support them in their architectural education, and we are grateful to the those who have contributed or helped raise scholarship funds to support deserving students.”
Casai is one of four MAF board members who comprised the scholarship jury, along with Les Tincknell, FAIA, Gene Hopkins, FAIA, and Jeff Hausman, FAIA. A separate jury consisting of Sid Robinson, AIA, Gene Hopkins, FAIA, Jan Culbertson, FAIA, Damian Farrell, FAIA, Theresa Angelini, AIA, and Tim Casai, FAIA reviewed the Robinson Scholarship applications this year.
MAF’s scholarship program began in 2001, with one scholarship. Since then, MAF scholarship awards have grown and been underwritten due to the generosity of MAF donors, and through the considerable time and efforts MAF board members dedicate to numerous fundraising activities to support the program, including MAF’s annual ‘Fore a Great Cause’ Golf Outing.