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Notable Student and Alumni Awards & Achievements

SCAD Awards:

Katherine Williams (M.A. 2014) — Outstanding Graduate Thesis for 2014 (awarded May 2015)

Olivier Maene (B.F.A. 2014) — Salutatorian of the SCAD Graduating Class of 2014

Bridgid Byrne (M.F.A. candidate) — awarded the European Travel Scholarship to support her participation in the Italy Off-Campus program in June 2009.

Diane Galt (M.A. 2004) — selected to be one of the first recipients of SCAD’s Most Promising Alumni Award, 2008

Marisa Gomez (B.F.A. 2007) — Valedictorian of the SCAD Graduating Class of 2007

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006) — Outstanding Graduate Thesis for 2006 (awarded May 2007)

Abhijit Athalye (M.A. 2004) — Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Thesis Competition at SCAD for 2004

Marc Belanger (M.F.A. 2002) — Excelsus Laureate (top Graduate Student) at SCAD Graduation ceremony, 2002

External Achievements:

Lois Watt (M.F.A. current student) was a member of the student team, supervised by Professor Daves Rossell, that tied for second place in the national 2016 Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) competition sponsored by the National Park Service for their project documenting the historic garden at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah.  Their submission was one of 43 entries.

Elizabeth Clappin (M.F.A. current student) was the recipient of an Ambassador Fellowship to support her participation at the Vernacular Architecture Forum Annual Meeting, held in Durham, North Carolina, June 2-5, 2016.

Claudia Rosa-Lopez (M.F.A. 2011) directed the students at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico who won First Place in the 2015 Charles E. Peterson Prize competition (presented jointly by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects). The students documented Casa Wiechers-Villaronga in Ponce, Puerto Rico. This is the second year in a row that Claudia has guided her students to win first place in this prestigious competition.

Glen Umberger (M.F.A. 2015) was awarded one of four student travel awards to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH), held in Fayetteville, AR, in October 2014.

Nathaniel Walker (M.A. 2006) was our second alumnus to earn a Ph.D. and the first in Architectural History, from Brown University in May 2014.

Claudia Rosa-Lopez (M.F.A. 2011) directed the students at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico who won First Place in the 2014 Charles E. Peterson Prize competition (presented jointly by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the American Institute of Architects). The students documented Casa Cautiño in Guayama, Puerto Rico, an outstanding example of Spanish colonial architecture, built 1885-87.

Tyler Frazier (BFA 1999) was our first alumnus to earn a Ph.D. — in Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning from the Zentrum fur Entwicklungsforschung (Centre for Development Research) at the University of Bonn in April 2011.

Kelly Bressler (MFA candidate) was the first of our students to deliver a paper at a national conference — at the annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) in New Orleans, April 2011.

Nicholas Fuqua (MFA 2010) was awarded in August 2009 one of three $400 student travel awards to attend the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH), held in Jackson, MS, held in October 2009.

Kelly Bressler (M.F.A. candidate) was awarded in August 2008 one of two Student Travel Awards to attend the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH), held in Greensboro, NC, in October 2008.

Jennifer Adams (M.A. 2008) was our first student to publish a journal article, with her article “Atlanta and Collective Memory: The Legacy of the 1996 Olympic Aquatic Center,” in ARRIS, the journal for the Southeast Chapter of Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 18 (2007): 42-52.

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