Architecture Awards 2015

Posted by April 27, 2015


The Sam Fox School presented the 2015 Architecture Awards, which recognize the outstanding achievements of students in the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, April 17 in Steinberg Auditorium.

Frederick Widmann Prize
Graduate: Rolando Lopez
Undergraduate: Taylor Halamka
This award is given in honor of Frederick Widmann, architect and philanthropist, and honors students who have shown high levels of academic achievement and design ability. Widmann came to the United States from Germany in 1874, settling in St. Louis, where, after serving three years as an apprentice carpenter, he studied architecture as an apprentice with the firm of Walsh and Jungenfeld and at Washington University. In 1884, the firm became Widmann & Walsh, of which he was the active head until his death. Widmann designed many large industrial plants, public buildings, and some of the largest breweries in the country, including the Anheuser-Busch plants in St. Louis, Omaha, San Antonio, Houston, Chicago, and New York. His chief recreation was in making hazardous journeys to remote and heretofore inaccessible regions. A man of powerful physique, he climbed Mt. Rainier in his sixtieth year, and between 1883 and 1923, he repeatedly explored the Utah asphalt and oil shale fields, where the Widmann canyon, named for him, is located in one of the wildest parts.

Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Megan Berry
Alpha Rho Chi, a national social fraternity in architecture, awards a medal to the graduating sixth-year student who has shown ability for leadership, has performed willing service for the school, and has given promise of real professional merit.

American Institute of Architects
Medal for Excellence in All Efforts: Michelle Hauk
Certificate for Excellence in All Efforts: Haosheng Zhang
The American Institute of Architects offers each year to the School of Architecture the AIA school medal, which is awarded to a member of the graduating class in recognition of his/her scholastic achievements, character, leadership, and promise of high professional ability. The student so honored receives the engraved medal and a Certificate of Merit; the runner-up will also be awarded a certificate. The awards are made in the name of the Henry Adams Fund by the Institute.

Architecture Book Award
Graduate: Jessica Olson, Yuye Peng, and Joanie Walbert
Undergraduate: Alex Clouser and Andy Lee
The architecture faculty present this award to outstanding undergraduate students and outstanding graduate students in Architecture.

Urban Design Book Award
Siobhan Glass
The book award is given to an outstanding student in the Master of Urban Design program.

Landscape Architecture Book Award
Joseph DiBella and Siting Huo
Two book awards are given to outstanding students in the Master of Landscape Architecture program.

Excellence in Craft Award
Graduate: Bin Feng
Undergraduate: Alexander Agnew
Annual awards are given to members of the graduating class, either undergraduate or graduate, in recognition of outstanding achievement in craft.

Betty Lou Custer Book Award
Grace Davis
The St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presents a book award in memory of Betty Lou Custer, long-standing executive director to the chapter. In recognition of Custer's service to the profession of architecture, the prize is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student who has contributed willing service to the School and is earning the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Architecture or Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.

William Tao Prize
Chad Fisk
Established by William K.Y Tao, P.E., alumni, trustee, and affiliate professor to Washington University, the William Tao Prize provides an annual cash award to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated excellence in the understanding and application of building systems in architecture, including illumination, electrical and mechanical engineering, and energy-efficient design.

Hugh Ferriss Award for Architectural Drawing Book Award
Graduate: Joshua Chan
Undergraduate: Charlotte Spitzfaden
This annual award honors Hugh Ferriss, distinguished architect and renderer, class of 1911 and Hon. MArch 1928. This book is awarded to a student who has excelled in architectural drawing in any medium.

Association of Licensed Architects Student Merit Award
Michelle Hauk
This award acknowledges architectural students who have exhibited exemplary achievement throughout the year.

Robert Fischer Award
Moritz Lehner
Sponsored by the Theta Xi Foundation, this award was established to honor the memory of Robert Fischer, BA42, who was a dedicated architect and loyal member of Theta Xi Fraternity.

American Society of Landscape Architects Service Award
Melanie Anderson
This award, presented by the St. Louis Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), recognizes a student who has demonstrated sustained, outstanding service to the student ASLA chapter, the landscape architecture program at WUSTL, the University, and/or the community.

Degree Project Awards
Fall 2014:
Chad Fisk
Jessica Olson
Zhiyang Wang
Yao Xia
Haosheng Zhang

Spring 2015:
Juren Dai
Joseph DiBella
Rolando Lopez
Keri Mate