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Competition Info

Award

Single award of $15,000.

Eligibility

Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a professional degree in architecture as well as practicing architects, either licensed or unlicensed. Academics may apply, but must also be practicing architects.

Jury Guidelines

Proposed travel plans should demonstrate a focused course of study engaging the applicant’s interests and concerns and occur outside of the academy. The travel scholarship was originally based on the idea of the Grand Tour, in which recent architectural graduates would travel through Europe experiencing art, architecture and culture first-hand. The scholarship focus is less on academic projects than on self-directed education. Proposals should be judged on the following criteria:

  • Need: The journey cannot be completed without funding
  • Focused: A clear and focused line of inquiry
  • Beneficial: Valuable to the applicant’s professional practice

Application Requirements

A complete application includes the Application Form, two letters of recommendation and the $50.00 application fee. The application form and recommendation letters must be submitted both electronically (PDF) and in hard copy.

 

  • Cover Page Form: The Cover Page form must be placed on the front of hardcopy submissions.
  • Statement of Purpose: In approximately 250 words outline the proposed travel plans. Be sure to discuss the value of these plans to the individual applicant and describe their significance to the applicant’s professional development.
  • CV: Include your academic background, degree in architecture and date, and a brief outline of professional experience with roles in projects and/or firms.
  • Itinerary: Include a detailed schedule of proposed travel plans, mode of transportation and room and board.
  • Portfolio: Portfolios must be submitted electronically and in hardcopy and demonstrate a range of the applicant’s design projects. Applicant’s portfolio should be no longer than 10 pages and the file limit is 5MB. These samples are expected to be of professional quality and are very important factors in the evaluation process.

Two Letters of Recommendation
All letters of recommendation, both electronic and hard copy versions, must be signed and on letterhead. Letters should be written in support of the proposed travel plans and attest to the applicant’s capability and professional promise. Hard copy letters must be signed in ink; digital signatures are not accepted. One letter must be written by a member of the American Institute for Architects (AIA).

Application Fee
The $50.00 entry fee may be paid online or made in the form of a check, submitted with the hardcopy application, and made payable to the Center for Architecture.

Note:

  • Applicants may submit additional supporting documentation, preferably not exceeding five pages.
  • Recipients may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return.

Application Instructions

In addition to mailing a hard copy submission, the application form, portfolio and recommendation letters must be emailed as PDF documents to scholarships@cfafoundation.org. PDF documents may not exceed 5 MB. Please save PDF documents in the following manner:

 

Application Form
LeBrun Application – Applicant’s Last Name
Example: LeBrun Application – Smith


Letters of Recommendation
LeBrun Recommendation – Applicant’s Last Name
Example: LeBrun Recommendation – Smith

Portfolio
LeBrun Portfolio – Applicant’s Last Name
Example: LeBrun Portfolio – Smith


Supporting Material
LeBrun Supporting Material – Applicant’s Last Name
Example: LeBrun Supporting Material – Smith

Please make sure that email subject lines follow the same format:

 

Example email subject line: LeBrun Application – Smith
Example email subject line: LeBrun Recommendation – Smith

 

Application Fee

The $50.00 application fee may be paid online.

 

Hard Copy Submission

In addition to being submitted electronically, the application form, portfolio and recommendation letters must be submitted in hard copy.

 

Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Portfolio and Supporting Material

Print out the application form and staple it together, placing the Cover Page Form on the front. Applicants are strongly advised to send a completed application form, portfolio and two letters of recommendation in one package. Recommenders may send letters separately. Mail documents to:

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

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

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

Application Fee: The $50.00 application fee may be paid in the form of a check included in the hardcopy application made payable to the Center for Architecture.

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

FAQs

Eligibility

1. Am I eligible if I live in Colorado?

Yes, applicants may be located anywhere within the United States.

 

2. Am I eligible if I am a working architect who received an M.Arch. two years ago?

Yes, the LeBrun Travel Grant is intended to support the development of early or mid-career architects through travel. Applicants who have only worked a few years in the field are encouraged to apply.

 

3. Are mid-career architects eligible?

Yes, mid-career architects are eligible.

 

4. Are graduate students eligible?

No, graduate students are not eligible.

 

5. Is investigation in the field of Urban Design eligible for a Travel Grant?

Yes, investigation in architecture and fields related to architecture are eligible. However, the applicant must be a professional architect with a B. Arch or M. Arch degree.

 

 6. Are teams eligible to apply?

Yes. There are no restrictions pertaining to teams applying. The lead applicant must meet the eligibility requirements and should enter his/her name on the application Cover Sheet. In the application, make the case for why all members of the team must travel together, and how you will each benefit. Teams should submit the additional resumes for all team members in the supplementary materials section. Teams still only need submit two letters of recommendation.

 

 7. As an early to mid-career academic, who is also a licensed architect, am I eligible for this grant?

You are not disqualified as an academic, though you must be a practicing architect to be eligible. Full time academics who do not also practice are not eligible.

 

Application Submission

1. Do applications need to be post-marked by the deadline?

The electronic and hardcopy 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 Submission Instructions section for submission details.

2. Can I hand-deliver my application?

Applicants 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: LeBrun Application – Applicant’s Last Name

[Example: ATTN: LeBrun Application – Smith]

 

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. Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is an application fee of $50.00. Applicants may send the payment in the form of a check made payable to the “Center for Architecture” or pay with a credit card online.

 

5. What is the schedule of notification?

Applicants will be notified by the end of January.

 

General

1. Can I review past proposals?

No, past applications are not available for review.

 

2. What should I include in the supporting material section?

Applicants are not required to submit supporting material. The option to submit supporting materials gives applicants the opportunity to include additional information that is not appropriate in other sections of the application. Supporting material may consist of additional background information about the applicant, a travel destination, or topic of interest. Additional information is not limited to, but may be presented in the following formats: magazine articles, DVDs, photographs.

 

3. What is an appropriate amount of time to plan to travel?

There are no maximum or minimum requirements for length of travel. Applications are judged on the focus of the proposed travel plans in terms of their relevance and importance to the applicant.

Past Recipients

2016

Tya Winn – Public Architecture for Public Good

 

2015

Jieun Yang — Unknown Territories: Imagining Post-Ruin Siberia and Rust Belt

 

2014

Jan Greben — Collaboration to Independence in the Work of Eileen Gray

Lauren Connell — De-Coding the Roads: Computational Tessellation of Central Asian Architecture

William Smith — Architecture and Radical Hydrology: Adaptation to Climate Change in the Indian Subcontinent

 

2013

Jobie Hill — The Slave House Database

John Paul Rysavy — Practices of Ornament in the Making of Public Space
2012

Margaret Arbanas — Post-Revolutionary Architecture in Havana

 

2011

Tarana Hafiz — The Industrial Imprint of the Buriganga
Matthew Schulte— A Comparative of Study of Windmills and Landscape Architecture of the Dutch Lowlands and the American Dustbowl

 

2010

Diane Davis-Sikora— Revisiting Pneumatic Architecture.
Fiyel Levent — Echoes of Dialogue: The Genealogy of Central Asian Architecture. Read Fiyel’s blog, Fiyel Levent: Observations on Interior Design and Architecturewhich chronicles her travels using the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun grant.
Stephanie Zurek — Exploring and Learning from Indonesian Kampungs
2009

Quynh Vantu — Learning the Timelessness of a Swiss Chapel Design: A Sanctuary and a Life

Richard William Hayes — Sir John Soane and the Idea of the Monk
2008

Leslie Jill Hanson — Research in Tanzania
Peter Rock — Sideways: Estonian Architecture and the Humor of Modernism

 

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