Architects Foundation announces inaugural recipient of the Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship

WASHINGTON – May 28, 2019 – The Architects Foundation is awarding the inaugural Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship to Cornell University student Laura Stargala.

Stargala will receive a $5,000 scholarship towards tuition for demonstrating exemplary work focusing on design that includes sustainability, resilience, wellness and beauty. Stargala will also be mentored by Yann Weymouth, AIA, for the scholarship year.

A second-year student of the master’s program at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Stargala’s scholarship submission included design plans for three projects that tackled tough issues such as water pollution, historic preservation and passive energy conservation. She communicated her work with restrained, clear graphics, showing how each design used the power of nature to create beautiful spaces for life, work and play.

“We were pleased that diverse, brilliant and talented students applied for the scholarship from all over the United States,” said Yann Weymouth, AIA. “Our distinguished jury found their ideas, essays, analysis and drawings compelling and inspiring, but among them all Ms. Stargala’s submission stood out.”

The Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship was established in 2018 in his honor. Weymouth is currently the Design Director for a science research laboratory at the University of Miami with Harvard Jolly Architecture. Among his many accomplishments, Weymouth has served as a senior vice president, design director, and worldwide design board member for HOK; and as chief of design for I.M. Pei on the National Gallery of Art East Wing in Washington, DC, and the Grand Louvre Project in Paris.

Applications for the 2020-2021 Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship will open in the fall of 2019. Complete details are available on the Architect Foundations’ website.

About The Architects Foundation

The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders. Through its scholarship programs, the Foundation aims to attract, inspire, and invest in a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, keeping the Octagon’s legacy alive through exhibits, educational programs and partnerships. For more information, visit the Architects Foundation website.

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