Architecture, Landscape Architecture, & Urban Design Awards 2017

Posted by Sam Fox School April 24, 2017


The Sam Fox School recognized the outstanding achievements of students in the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design during a ceremony on April 14 in Steinberg Auditorium.

Frederick Widmann Prize
Graduate: Yuelin Yu
Undergraduate: Yiran Zhang
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
Anu Samarajiva
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: Diana Ossa Sierra
Certificate for Excellence in All Efforts: Jay Schwartz
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 Faculty Book Award
Graduate: Taokai Ma and Ylan Vo
Undergraduate: Rachel LeFevre, George Zhang, and Tianyi Zhang
The architecture faculty present this award to outstanding undergraduate students and outstanding graduate students in Architecture.

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

Landscape Architecture Faculty Book Award
Alisa Blatter, Ylan Vo, and Lanxi Zhang
The book awards are given to outstanding graduating students in the Master of Landscape Architecture program.

Excellence in Craft Award
Graduate: Yiming He
Undergraduate: Sunny Feinstein
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
Natasha Tabachnikoff
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
Alex Melvin
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: Elia Magari
Undergraduate: Koby Moreno
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
Graduate: Doh Young Kim
Undergraduate: Yulin Peng
This award acknowledges architectural students who have exhibited exemplary achievement throughout the year.

American Society of Landscape Architects Service Award
Alisa Blatter
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.

American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Merit
Shelbey Sill, Hui Yang, and Yi Zhang

American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Honor
Jiahui Guo and Yuhan Zhang

Steedman II Summer Travel Fellowship
Sheng Yan

SCDA Internship
Graduate: Suzannah Grasel
Undergraduate: Kevin He

2017 Ralph Bunche Scholars
Tatianna Capko and Marcellus Johnson

University Olmsted Scholar
Ylan Vo