John Quale, director of the architecture program in The University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning, has announced the first two winners of travel fellowships funded through the Thomas and Susan Schoeman Travel Endowment for Architecture.
This newly endowed fund provides support for returning graduate architecture students. Schoeman is a graduate of the School of Architecture and Planning from the 1970s and is a big supporter of the architecture program.
“Congratulations to Matthew and Aaron for being selected for these prestigious traveling fellowships,” said Geraldine Forbes Isais, dean of the School of Architecture & Planning. “I also want to thank all the students who applied for these fellowships and encourage all students to pursue awards and scholarship programs.”
Each winner receives $4,000 in travel funding.
“The value of travel for an architecture student is immeasurable. As faculty, we do our best to expose students to important examples of architecture, yet there is nothing quite like the experience of walking through a notable building to help you fully understand the spatial sequence, the materials, the structure and the quality of light. It is not possible to fully comprehend a great building without visiting it,” said Quale.
“The gift from the Schoeman's is an excellent example of their personal leadership, commitment to community and giving back,” said Laurie Roche, the school’s director of development. “The Schoeman Travel Endowment allows these students an outstanding opportunity to further their education while at the UNM School of Architecture & Planning and is a strong recruitment component for the architecture program.”
Architecture Professors Eleni Bastea and Gabriella Gutierrez reviewed the fellowship proposals.