Single or multiple awards of up to $25,000.
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.
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
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 electronically (PDF).
- Cover Page Form: The Cover Page form must be placed on the front of hard copy submissions.
- Statement of Purpose: 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 hard copy 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 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).
The $50.00 entry fee may be paid online.
- Applicants may submit additional supporting documentation, preferably not exceeding five pages.
- Recipients may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return.
The application form, portfolio and recommendation letters must be emailed as PDF documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. PDF documents may not exceed 5 MB. Please save PDF documents in the following manner:
LeBrun Application – Applicant’s Last Name
Example: LeBrun Application – Smith
Letters of Recommendation
LeBrun Recommendation – Applicant’s Last Name
Example: LeBrun Recommendation – Smith
LeBrun Portfolio – Applicant’s Last Name
Example: LeBrun Portfolio – Smith
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
The $50.00 application fee may be paid online.
Notification: Applicants will be notified by the end of January.
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.
1. Do applications need to be received by the deadline?
The electronic 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?
Hardcopy applications are not accepted.
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.
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, videos, 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. The grant period may be extended or adjusted due to extenuating circumstances (ie. COVID-19 travel restrictions).
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