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Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship

First awarded in 1989, the Ralph Rapson Fellowship honors Ralph Rapson, FAIA. On the basis of a weekend juried design competition, this partially-endowed Fellowship awards young Minnesota architectural graduates or practitioners $10,000 to $12,000 to advance their education in architecture through foreign or domestic travel-study. Donations and fund-raisers continue building this fund, initiated with a 1984 fund-raiser.



2014 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship

Congratulations to the 2014 Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship finalists:

Thomas Clark, AIA
Michael Hara, Assoc. AIA
Mark Stankey, Assoc. AIA
Don Vu, Assoc. AIA
Jesse Zeien, AIA

The final jury will take place on Friday, April 25.

 

2013 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship

Douglas Gerlach, AIA, has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. This year’s program, held March 12-21, 2013, was to design a Landmark for Innovation located between both downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, just one block northeast of the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. 


The jury chose five finalists from among the 33 entrants including:
Kendra Beaubien, AIA
Thomas Clark, AIA
Doug Gerlach, AIA
Kate Lohrenz, Assoc. AIA
Andrew Schoenherr, Assoc. AIA
Click on the individual's last name to see their submission board(s).

This year’s jury members were William Beyer, FAIA, John Cook, FAIA, Ellen Stewart, ASLA and David Norback, AIA.  On Friday, April 19, 2013, each of the five finalists presented their design schemes to the jury and Doug Gerlach was named the 2013 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship winner.

A Senior Associate at Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc., Doug graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2000 with an Architecture degree. With the Fellowship, Doug plans to travel to Japan to study the ways that Japanese architects have confronted density in the urban context.

See the 2013 Rapson Traveling Fellowship Press Release (PDF).

 

2012 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship Winner

Andrew Weyenberg, AIA, has been announced as the winner of the 2012 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. This year’s program, held March 8-13, 2012, was to design a U.S Dakota War of 1862 Place of Remembrance located at Fort Snelling, MN.

The jury chose five finalists from among the 38 entrants including:

  • Tim Bicknell, AIA, AECOM, Minneapolis, MN
  • Daniel Green, AIA, Miller Dunwiddie Architects, Minneapolis, MN
  • James Howarth, AIA, Perkins+Will, Minneapolis, MN
  • James Nutt, AIA, NewStudio Architecture, White Bear Lake, MN
  • Andrew Weyenberg, AIA, Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
    Click on the individual's last name to see their submission board(s).

This year’s jury members were Laura Cayere-King, Assoc. AIA, Bob Close, FASLA, Jon Crump, AIA and Dennis Sun Rhodes. On Friday, April 13, 2012, each of the five finalists presented their design schemes to the jury and Andrew Weyenberg was named the 2012 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship winner.

An Senior Associate at Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc., Andrew graduated from Iowa State University in 2001 with an Architecture degree. Andrew is interested in Nordic modernism and plans for his fellowship to spend time in Scandinavia studying modernist refinement with a sense of space.

See the 2012 Rapson Traveling Fellowship Press Release (PDF)

 

2011 Award Recipient

 

 

M. Michael McElderry was the recipient of the 2011 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. The fictional program was to design an alternative transportation and hostel facility, located at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. Jury members were architects Richard Gilyard, FAIA, Marcy Schulte, AIA, Sylvia Frank, AIA and landscape architect Bryan Carlson, FASLA.

Michael received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He currently lives in New Haven, CT and is a designer with Pickard Chilton and has been focusing on high rise structures. Michael is interested in rising sea levels and plans to visit Rotterdam to study how cities respond architecturally and structurally.

From among the 35 entrants, the jury chose five finalists including:
· Kar-Keat Chong, Assoc. AIA, Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc.
· Thomas Clark, Assoc. AIA, Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc.
· Alex Kang, Assoc. AIA, PDI World Group, LLC
· M. Michael McElderry, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Pickard Chilton
· Mark Stankey, Assoc. AIA, Target Corporation

Click on the individual's last name to see their submission board(s).

See the 2011 Rapson Traveling Fellowship Press Release (PDF).

 

2010 Award Recipient

Laura Cayere-King, Assoc. AIA, was the winner of the 2010 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. This year’s program was to design a Ralph Rapson Center for Twentieth-Century Design and Architecture, located at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. The first jury chose four finalists from among the 44 entrants including: Andrew Campbell, Associate AIA, SMS Builders, Inc., Minneapolis, MN; Laura Cayere-King, Associate AIA, Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd, Minneapolis, MN; Steven Dwyer, AIA, Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc., Minneapolis, MN; and James Howarth, AIA, Perkins+Will, Minneapolis, MN.

Jury members were Peter Goelzer, Nathan Knutson, AIA, Ellen Luken, AIA and Joan MacLeod, ASLA. On Friday, April 9, 2010, each of the four finalists presented their design schemes to the jury and Laura Cayere-King was named the 2010 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship winner.

An Associate at Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd., Laura graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2000 with a Master of Architecture degree. Laura is interested in sustainability, passive housing principles, and the viability of integrating new energy efficient building technologies in the design of beautiful healthy homes. She used the fellowship to spend time in Germany studying passive housing, architect designed pre fabricated housing, and new energy efficient building technologies and design developments.

View the 2010 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship Press Release (PDF)
Winner- Laura Cayere-King, Assoc. AIA Submittal
Finalist- Andrew Campbell, Assoc. AIA Submittal
Finalist- Steven Dwyer, AIA Submittal
Finalist- James Howarth, AIA Submittal

 

2008 Award Recipient

                               

Stephen James, Assoc. AIA, was the winner of the 2008 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship. This year’s program was to design a mountain sports/activity center in the Afton State Park And Afton Alps Ski area on the St. Croix River. The first jury chose four finalists from among the 53 entrants including: Kendra Wilson Beaubien, Associate AIA, HGA Minneapolis, MN, Mark Stankey, Associate AIA, James Dayton Design Minneapolis, MN, Adam Mead, Associate AIA, Polshek Partnership New York City, NY, and Stephen James, Associate AIA, Kennecott Land, Salt Lake City, UT. The jury members were Joan Soranno, AIA, Martha Yunker, AIA, Will Jensen, AIA, and Nicholas Potts, Assoc. AIA. Each of the five finalists presented their design schemes to the jury.

Press Release 2008