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Department of Architecture pays tribute to 40 students

The Department of Architecture honored 33 graduate students and seven undergraduates with awards for accomplishments this year.


The Sydney B. Karofsky '37 Prize for outstanding Master of Architecture student with one further year of study went to Scott Cyphers of Alexandria, Va. Two graduate students won Francis Ward Chandler Prizes for achievement in architectural design: Junko Nakagawa of Yokohama, Japan and Daniel Steger of Plymouth, Wis.

The Alpha Rho Chi Medal recognizing a graduating student for service, leadership and promise of professional merit went to Ariel Fausto of Houston.

Nicole Michel of Buenos Aires won the Imre Halasz Thesis Prize. Michel also won the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Medal for the top-ranking graduating Master of Architecture student. An AIA Certificate of Merit for the second-ranked graduating Master of Architecture student went to William Edward Pitts of Chappaqua, N.Y. AIA Foundation Scholarships were awarded to Joshua Barandon of Douglasville, Penn., and Danny Chan of Vancouver. The Marvin E. Goody Award went to Rocelyn Dee of Manila, the Philippines. Barandan was also the Ghost Workshop department representative. The Murcutt Workshop department representative was Jeff Taylor of Pittsfield.

Ann Macy Beha Travelling Fellowships were presented to Christopher Johns of Gainesville, Fla.; Aaron Malnarick of Chicago; Mahjabeen Quadri of Champaign, Ill.; and Xin Tian of Yinchuan , China. Chiu-Fai Eddie Can of Kowloon, Hong Kong, and Kenneth Namkung of Yorktown, Penn., received Louis C. Rosenberg Travel Grants. Aga Khan Summer Travel Grants went to Leonardo Diaz-Borioli of Jalisco, Mexico; Sarah Rogers of Wallingford, Conn.; William Doss Suter of Wilmette, Ill.; and Lieza Vincent of Coventry, Conn.

Sadaf Ansari of Noida, India, and Muhammad Ijlal Muzaffar of Lahore, Pakistan, were named Schlossman Fellows. Sabrina Schmidt-Wetekam of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., won a Marjorie Pierce/Dean William Emerson Fellowship, which is awarded to a Level II woman for outstanding academic and design achievement.

The Rosemary D. Grimshaw Award was given to David McLean of Sacramento, Calif. Britta Butler of Geneva, N.Y., received the Rosalia Ennis '76 Research Award. Janna Israel of New York won a Hyzen Travel Fellowship.

Thomas Beischer of Durham, N.C., received a Getty Library Research Grant and an MIT/Canadian Center for Architecture Travel Grant.

Talin Der-Grigorian of La Ca�ada, Calif., won an American Institute of Iranian Studies Fellowship and a College Art Association Travel Grant. Kirsten Weiss of Washington, D.C., won an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship. A Martin Fellowship for Sustainability went to Brooke Wortham of Greenbelt, Md.

The Robert Bradford Newman Medal for merit in architectural acoustics was presented to Meredith Elbaum of Glastonbury, Conn. Jason Hart of Orange City, Fla., received a Renzo Piano Internship, while Pamela Campbell of Glasgow, Scotland, was awarded a Behnisch and Partner Internship. The 2002 Takenaka Internship went to Aaron Greene of Somerville.


The William Everett Chamberlain Prize for achievement in design by an undergraduate was awarded to Anna Gallagher , a senior from Ashford, N.Y. Faculty Design Awards went to seniors Julie Kaufman of Urbana, Ill; John Rothenberg of Rochester, N.Y.; and Nicole Vlado of New York. Sini Kamppari , a senior from Cupertino, Calif., won the Oustanding Undergraduate Prize for academic excellence.

Juniors Yvonne Aubourg of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Thomas Weathers of Fountain Hills, Ariz., were named exchange scholars to the Technical University at Delft.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 5, 2002.

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