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Competition Info

Award

Multiple awards of up to $7,500 each, with the potential of an Honor(s) grant of up to $10,000.

Purpose

Financial aid for students seeking their first architectural degree from a NAAB-accredited school (Allwork) or first design degree (CFA Design) with a high level of academic performance and financial need. Student portfolios, each containing three projects, should be judged in terms of the following additional criteria:

  • Concept: Demonstrates a clear and focused line of inquiry
  • Artistry: Demonstrates a sensitive aesthetic ability
  • Skill: Demonstrates an a high level of aptitude

Eligibility

Students seeking their first degree in architecture from an NAAB-accredited school in the State of New York are eligible. The dean or chair of the architectural school shall nominate up to two students from their respective college or university to apply. Nominated students will have a high level of academic performance and evidence of financial need. The financial need of each student shall be determined by the guidelines of the Financial Aid Officer of the school nominating the candidate. Students need not be U.S. citizens.

Note: Students cannot be nominated for both the Allwork and CFA Design scholarships. Students in their final year of school are not eligible to apply.

Note: A graduate student is eligible if his or her professional undergraduate degree is in a field other than architecture.

Application Requirements

A complete application includes the application, a portfolio and two letters of recommendation. All aspects of the application must be submitted both electronically (PDF) and in hardcopy. 

Application: The Cover Page Form must be placed on the front of hardcopy submissions.

Portfolio: The portfolio should include three student projects as examples of work. Submissions of collaborative projects where the applicant’s role is not clear are discouraged. As with all aspects of the application, the portfolio must be submitted in hardcopy and as a PDF document. PDF documents may not exceed 5 MB.*

*Applicants may choose to submit an additional PDF that is larger than 5 MB.  This second PDF MUST be zipped. Do not submit slides.

Two Letters of Recommendation: All letters of recommendation, both electronic and hardcopy versions, must be signed and on letterhead. One letter must be written by the nominating dean or chair. This letter will serve as the dean’s official nomination.

  • One letter must be written by a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s work.
  • Optional: The applicant may submit up to two more academic or professional references from an educator and/or architect testifying to achievement and professional promise demonstrated through academic or professional work in an architectural office.

Note:
• There is no entry fee.
• A self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) is required if applicants would like work samples returned. If a SASE does not have correct postage, the submission will not be returned. For students in New York City, the portfolio will also be available for pick-up.

Submission Instructions

In addition to mailing a hardcopy submission, all aspects of the submission (application, portfolio, and two letters of recommendation) must be submitted electronically.

Application and Portfolio
The application and portfolio should be saved in the following:

Application: Allwork Application – Applicant’s Last Name
Portfolio: Allwork Portfolio – Applicant’s Last Name

Applicants should email the application and portfolio in one message to scholarships@centerforarchitecture.org. Write in the subject line “Allwork Application” followed by the applicant’s last name. [Example subject line: Allwork Application – Smith] PDFs may not exceed 5 MB.

Letters of Recommendation
Recommender should save letters in the following manner:

Letter of Recommendation: Allwork Recommendation – Applicant’s Last Name

All letters of recommendation, both electronic and hardcopy versions, must be signed and on letterhead. Recommenders should email letters to scholarships@centerforarchitecture.org. Write in the subject line “Allwork Application” followed by the applicant’s last name. [Example subject line: Allwork Application – Smith] PDFs may not exceed 5 MB.

Hardcopy Submission of Application, Portfolio and Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are strongly advised to send a complete submission (application, portfolio, and two letters of recommendation) in one package. Recommenders may send letters separately. Print out the application and the portfolio. Staple these documents together with the Cover Page Form on the front. Mail these documents along with letters of recommendation to:

Center for Architecture
ATTN: Allwork Application – Applicant’s Last Name
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012

Submissions may be hand-delivered to the Center for Architecture. Hand-delivered submissions should be addressed in the following manner:

Center for Architecture
ATTN: Allwork Application – Applicant’s Last Name

Notification: Applicants will be notified by the end of May.

FAQs

1. Do applications need to be post-marked by the deadline?
All applications must be submitted both electronically and in hardcopy and both versions of the complete application must be received by 5:00pm EST on the due date in order to be considered. No exceptions. Refer to the Application and Submission Instructions section for submission details.

2. Can I hand-deliver my application?
Applicants who are in the New York area may hand-deliver their complete application to the Center for Architecture. Hand-delivered submissions should be addressed in the following manner:

Center for Architecture
ATTN: Allwork Application – Applicant’s Last Name

Please keep in mind that all applications must be submitted in hardcopy as well as electronically.

3. Is it possible to extend the deadline based on personal extenuating circumstances?
All applications must be received by the due date in order to be reviewed. No exceptions.

4. Do letters of recommendation need to arrive by the deadline?
Yes. The complete application must be received both electronically and in hardcopy by 5:00pm EST on the due date.

5. Can letters of recommendation be sent separately from the application? 
Applicants are strongly advised to send complete applications (Allwork Cover Page Form, a portfolio and two letters of recommendation) in one package and in one email respectively, though letters of recommendation may be sent separately.

6. Can the letters of recommendation be emailed?
All applications must be submitted both electronically and in hardcopy and both versions of the complete application must be received by 5:00pm EST on the due date in order to be considered. No exceptions. Applicants are strongly advised to send complete applications (Allwork Cover Page Form, a portfolio and two letters of recommendation) in one package and in one email respectively, though letters of recommendation may be sent separately.

7. What is the schedule of notification?
Applicants will be notified by the end of May.

8. Is it possible to review the submissions of past recipients?
It is not possible to review the submissions of past recipients.

9. Does the Center for Architecture sponsor individual students pursuing an architectural education in need of financial aid?
The Center for Architecture supports students through our scholarship program. At this time it is not possible for the Center to give financial aid above and beyond this program.

10. I am a high school student seeking scholarships for an undergraduate degree in architecture. Am I eligible for the Allwork Scholarship?
No, in order to be considered for the Allwork Scholarship, applicants must be nominated by the Dean or Chair of the Architecture program they are currently attending.

11. I am applying to an architecture program at a school in New York State. Am I eligible for the Allwork scholarship? 
No, in order to be considered for the Allwork Scholarship, an applicant must be nominated by the Dean or Chair of the Architecture program the applicant is currently attending.

12. I am a graduate architecture student, but my undergraduate degree is not in architecture. Am I eligible for the Allwork scholarship?
Yes, graduate students are eligible as long as the applicant’s undergraduate degree is in a field other than architecture. Applicants must be working toward their first professional architectural degree.

13. Do applicants need to submit documentation of financial need? 
No, financial need is determined by the Dean or Chair who nominates you.

14. Does the Dean or Chair need to mention a student’s financial need in the nomination letter? 
The Dean or Chair is not required to address a student’s financial need in the nomination letter. However, the Dean or Chair should only nominate students that have a demonstrated financial need. They should confer with the Financial Aid Office at their school if necessary.

15. Does the Dean or Chair need to write a letter of recommendation in addition to nominating each of the three students?
The Dean or Chair must write a letter of recommendation for each student he or she nominates. This letter of recommendation will be act as the formal nomination.

16. Can applicants submit an electronic portfolio that is more than 5 MB?
Applicants must submit a portfolio in PDF format that does not exceed on 5 MB.  Applicants may choose to submit an additional version of their portfolio as a PDF that is larger than 5 MB.  PDFs that exceed 5 MB must be zipped.

17. Are students in their final year of school eligible to apply? 
No, students must have at least one year left of school.

18. Is the Allwork Scholarship exclusively for women or is it open to all?
The Women’s Auxiliary was one of the initial donors of the grant, but it has always been open to both men and women.

Who is Ronald Allwork

The Women’s Architectural Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship was established in the early 1980s, by architect and former AIA member Ronald Allwork.

The Allwork scholarship was established for Students seeking their first degree in architecture from an NAAB accredited school within the State of New York.

Ronald R. Allwork was an AIA member in 1943 and became an AIA Fellow in 1971.

Past Recipients

2018 Recipients of the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

Yu Cheng
M. Arch Program, City College of New York
Merit Award

Mireya Fabregas
B. Arch Program, The Cooper Union
Merit Award

Barbara Miglietti Villasana
B. Arch Program, Pratt Institute
Merit Award

Maria Moersen
GSAPP, Columbia University
Merit Award

Laura Stargala
M. Arch Program, Cornell University
Merit Award

 

2017 Recipients of the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

Alexandra Donovan
B. Arch Program, Cornell University
Merit Award

Elizabeth Johnson
B. Arch Program, Syracuse University
Merit Award

Steven Sculuo
B. Arch Program, New York Institute of Technology
Merit Award

Katherine Sullivan
B. Arch Program, The Cooper Union
Merit Award

 

2016 Recipients of the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

Micaela Barker
B. Arch Program, The University at Buffalo
Merit Award

Xueping Li
M. Arch Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Merit Award

Sergey Pigach
B.Arch Program, Pratt Institute
Merit Award

 

2015 Recipients of the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

Indre Barsauskaite 
M. Arch Program, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture – City College
Merit Award

Alice Felicity Colverd
B. Arch Program, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture – Cooper Union
Merit Award

Aelitta Gore
B. Arch Program, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture – Cooper Union
Merit Award

Joseph Parrella
B. Arch Program, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture – Cooper Union
Merit Award

Evgeniya Uzhegova

M. Arch Program – Parsons The New School
Merit Award

 

2014 Recipients of the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

Jeffrey Bermudez
B. Arch Program, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture – City College
Merit Award

Diego Gonzalez
B. Arch Program, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture – Cooper Union
Merit Award

KaKi Lee
M. Arch Program, Pratt Institute
Merit Award

Alex Stewart

M. Arch, Program – Parsons The New School
Merit Award

 

2013 Recipients of the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

Anthony Giron
City College
Merit Award

David Martinez-Delgago
Pratt Institute
Merit Award

Jenna Steinbeck
Pratt Institute
Merit Award

 

2012 Recipients of the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

Anthony Carrion
The City College of New York
Merit Award

Paul Scrugham
Pratt Institute
Merit Award

 

2011 Recipients of the Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

Mark Thompson
Cooper Union
Merit Award

Nick Tran
Pratt Institute
Merit Award

*The Center for Architecture would like to thank AIA National for providing a partial matching grant to help support 2011 Women’s Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholarships.

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