PennDesign Awards and Prizes

The Chairs and Faculty of the appropriate Departments nominate candidates for these awards at the end of each academic year.

Charles Addams Memorial Prize awarded to a graduating Master of Fine Arts student who shows promise of outstanding talent and achievement as an artist. This award memorializes the work, spirit, and interests of Charles Addams, a man who made a giant contribution to the world of art. His superb craftsmanship and his genius were unique and wonderful. He left a graphic style and comic genre that will always bear his name.

Alpha Rho Chi Medal awarded to a graduating architecture student for leadership, willing service, and promis of professional merit.

American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Prizes awarded to the top-ranking student in the professional degree program with the highest record in all courses, and the student in the post-professional option with the highest record in all courses.

AICP Outstanding Student Award given to an MCP student in recognition of outstanding attainment in the study of planning.

Edmund Bacon Award given to an MCP student with the best professional project.

Albert Binder Fellowship awarded to historic preservation students for travel to conferences or for special research projects.

David Lukens Bockius, Jr. Traveling Scholarship Fund, through a gift from the estate of David Lukens Bockius Jr., AR 35, to provide traveling fellowships for students of architecture while they are completing their graduate professional education.

The George Madden Boughton Prize, established in 1986 by Jestena C. Boughton in memory of her father, George Madden Boughton. Awarded to a graduating student in landscape architecture for design excellence with environmental and social consciousness, and evidence of potential for future effective action in the field of landscape architecture.

Arthur Spayd Brooke Memorial Prize awarded to graduate students for distinguished work in architectural design.

Theophilus Parsons Chandler Architecture Fellowships founded in 1930 by Sophie Madeleine du Pont Chandler for advanced study or for travel abroad, are awarded annually to graduates in architecture.

Harlan Coornvelt Memorial Medal awarded to the student who achieved the most outstanding record in required architectural structure courses.

Susan Cromwell Coslett Travelling Fellowship established in 1998 to honor the memory of the former Assistant Dean. Awarded to a student in the School of Design to visit gardens and landscapes. Interested applicants must submit a proposal to the Dean of the School of Design.

David Crane Award is given to an MCP student for excellent work in urban design.

Paul Philippe Cret Medal awarded to the graduating student who has consistently demonstrated excellence in design in the Master of Architecture professional degree program.

E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowships established under his will in 1963 for travel abroad during the summer prior to the student's final year as a candidate for the first professional degree in architecture. A competition for these awards is conducted by the Department of Architecture in January.

Paul Davidoff Award given to an MCP student for outstanding work in areas of contemporary social concerns.

Frank Miles Day Memorial Prize awarded to the architecture student submitting the best essay in courses in the history and theory of architecture

Wendy Evans Traveling Scholarship provides support to undergraduate students who major in architecture for summer travel between their junior and senior years to study the natural and built environment in any area of the world.

Faculty Prize in Architecture awarded to architecture students who have demonstrated exceptional growth and development.

The Faculty Medal in Landscape Architecture awarded to a MLA graduating student with an excellent academic record and outstanding contribution to the school in leadership.

The Gaia Award given to an MCP student for excellent work in environmental planning.

Charles Merrick Gay Scholarship awarded to the student who has shown outstanding ability in architectural construction and a realization of its relationship to design.

Erwin Gutkind Travel Award given to an MCP student for distinguished work in international planning studies.

Halpern-Rogath Fine Arts Traveling Fellowship provides selected fine arts students with funding to allow them to travel nationally and internationally to exhibitions, museum, and art centers.

Robert M. Hanna Prize in Design awarded to a graduating MLA student who has demonstrated great care for the craft, making and construction of landscape architecture. Established in 2010 by the OLIN studio in memory of Robert M. Hanna (1935-2003), who served on Penn’s faculty of landscape architecture from 1969 to 1998.

C. Britton Harris Award given to an MCP student for excellent work in transportation planning.

John Dixon Hunt Prize in History, Theory and Criticism awarded to a graduating MLA student who has shown particular distinction in the theoretical and critical understanding of landscape architecture.

Narendra Juneja Medal awarded in memory of associate professor Narendra Juneja, who served the department with distinction from 1965-1981, to a graduating MLA student who has demonstrated deep exceptional commitment to ecological and social ideals in landscape architecture.

Narendra Juneja Scholarship awarded in memory of associate professor Narendra Juneja, who served the department with distinction from 1965-1981, to a continuing student in landscape architecture for academic excellence and demonstrated need.

Warren Powers Laird Award given to a student with the highest standing in all courses in the first year of the professional degree program in architecture.

Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship awarded to one graduating MFA student who shows exceptional promise as a visual artist in painting, sculpture, film, video, mixed media, or performance art.

Christopher Leland Lyon Memorial Prize supports an annual prize in the School of Design for an MFA student in memory of Christopher Leland Lyon MFA'99.

Ian L. McHarg Prize is awarded to a graduating MLA student who has demonstrated excellence in design and best exemplifies ecological ideals in contemporary and culturally pertinent ways. This prize is awarded in memory of Ian L. McHarg, 1920-2001, distinguished professor of landscape architecture, pioneer of ecological design and planning, and one of the most influential landscape architects of the twentieth century.

Martin Meyerson Award given to an MCP student for public service in the profession.

Lewis Mumford Award given to an MCP student for outstanding contributions to the study of urbanization.

Laurie D. Olin Prize in Landscape Architecture awarded to a graduating MLA student who has achieved a high academic record and demonstrated design excellence in the making of urban places. Laurie D. Olin is one of the world’s foremost leaders in contemporary landscape architecture and founder of the internationally acclaimed OLIN studio in Philadelphia, designing some of the world’s most significant urban public spaces. Established in 2010 by the OLIN studio in honor of practice professor Olin who has served on Penn’s faculty of landscape architecture since 1974.

Olin Partnership Work Fellowship, a prize and twelve-week internship awarded to an outstanding MLA student entering the final year of his/her study.

Harry E. Parker Prize awarded to the student who has an outstanding record in architectural construction.

Donald Prowler Memorial Prize supports an annual prize in memory of Donald Prowler, MArch‘75, a member of the faculty in the Department of Architecture for many years. The prize is awarded as a scholarship to graduate students whose work advances the design of sustainable architecture.

Chester Rapkin Award given to an MCP student for excellent work in housing, community and economic development.

Mario J. Romanach Memorial Fellowship established in 1984 as a memorial to one of the University of Pennsylvania's most beloved teachers. The award goes each year to a student who shows special merit and promise and who pursues design work with excellence and devotion. Albert

F. Schenk-Henry Gillette Woodman Scholarship in architecture awarded for travel abroad on the basis of a competition.

Bonnie and Gary Sellers Fellowship provides matching funds up to a maximum of $15,000 per year for a Penn Design student (or students) who is a recipient of the WX Scholarship, as awarded through New York Women Executives in Real Estate.

Lawrence Shprintz Fine Arts Prize awarded annually to an undergraduate Fine Arts major and a Master of Fine Art student.

John Stewardson Memorial Scholarship in Architecture for study abroad, awarded on the basis of a competition. Candidates must be architectural students or practitioners under thirty years of age and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ann Louise Strong Leadership Award given to an MCP student for demonstrated leadership among his/her peers.

T-Square Club Fellowship established in 1984, provides fellowship to second-year architecture student on the basis of need and merit. Among the patrons and members of the T-Square Club atelier were Penn professors Paul Philippe Cret, Walter P. Laird, John Harbeson, Jean Hebrand, and Norman Rice.

Van Alen Traveling Fellowship awarded to one landscape architecture and one architecture student, in the second year of their programs, for summer travel abroad.

The Vermont Studio Scholarship Awards given to two first-year MFA students. This matching fellowship is awarded to students for the summer residency program.

David A. Wallace Award awarded to an MCP student for highest academic performance in the second-year class.

Wallace Roberts and Todd Award is awarded for distinguished work by a first-year MCP student in a workshop and to a to an outstanding landscape architecture student who has finished the second year of the three-year program.

James Smyth Warner Memorial Prize awarded to the second year student with the highest record in required studio courses. Established in 1938 by Professor George Walter Dawson for a student in Architecture; prize to be used for expenses for a trip to see and study American architecture.

John and Beatrice Wesley Memorial Prize established in memory of Richard Wesley's grandparents. Awarded annually to senior undergraduate major in architecture for excellence in architecture design.

Brian C. West Award to recognize a second year student who embodies the talent and interests that Brian West had during his lifetime. Brian, who received his Master of City Planning and a Certificate in Real Estate in 2001 was an exceptional student and proud graduate of Penn. Awarded the Walt D'Alessio Prize in Real Estate Finance, he was also a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development University Fellow and founder of the PennDesign Real Estate Club. Selected by the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey to enter their highly competitive management training program, Brian rose rapidly to become Senior Property Manager for the Freedom Tower, an especially meaningful job for him as he narrowly escaped the World Trade Center attack. Suddenly stricken with an aneurism, Brian died March 4, 2008. In his memory the Department of City and Regional Planning has established this award.

William L. C. Wheaton Award awarded to an MCP student for highest academic performance in the first-year class.

Eleanore T. Widenmeyer Prize in Landscape and Urbanism established in 2004 through a bequest by Eleanore T. Widenmeyer in memory of her parents, Arthur E. Widenmeyer, Sr. and Lena R. Widenmeyer, awarded to a graduating MLA student who has achieved a high level of design synthesis between landscape and urbanism.

Henry Gillette Woodman Traveling Scholarship founded in 1918 by the bequest of George B. Woodman.

Michael Yaron Prize in Architecture, annual prize awarded to an undergraduate major in architecture whose academic work has demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life in the City of Philadelphia.

The Becky Young Photography Prize awarded to a graduating undergraduate fine arts major with a concentration in Photography for overall outstanding work in contemporary photography.