Graduates and Award Winners 2019

All-School

Susan Cromwell Coslett Traveling Fellowship
Established in memory of former Assistant Dean, Susan Coslett. It is awarded to a School of Design student for summer travel to visit gardens and landscapes.
Awarded To: Robert Levinthal and Valentina Soto

Bonnie and Gary Sellers Summer Internship Fellowship
Established by Bonnie and Gary Sellers to allow students to pursue unfunded or under-funded summer internships or jobs in the design fields. To be announced

Bonnie and Gary Sellers and WX Scholarship
Established by Bonnie and Gary Sellers and WX, New York Women Executives in Real Estate, an invitation-only executive-level association of women actively engaged in the real estate industry in New York. Awarded to women who demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to the field of real estate.  Recipient is determined later this month.
To be announced

Architecture

Mr. and Mrs. William L. Van Alen Traveling Fellowship
Awarded to one Architecture student and one Landscape Architecture student who are in the second year of their programs, for summer travel to Europe.
To be announced

The following awards were made during the Department of Architecture’s annual competition week held at the beginning of the Spring 2019 Semester:

Albert F. Schenck- Henry Gillette Woodman Scholarship
Awarded to students in the first year of the professional degree program on the basis of a competition.
To be announced

E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowships
Established under the will of E. Lewis Dales in 1963 for travel abroad during the summer prior to a student’s final year as a candidate for the first professional degree in architecture.
To be announced

American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal
The first prize medal is awarded to the top-ranking student in the professional degree program with the highest record in all courses.
Awarded To: Ariel Cooke Zamora

Arthur Spayd Brooke Memorial Prize
Established in 1900 in memory of Arthur Spayd Brooke, a graduate of the School of Architecture, and awarded to graduating architecture students for distinguished work in architectural design. Former winners include Julian Abele, Louis I. Kahn, and Jenny Sabin.
Awarded to: Daniel Silverman and Ian Walter Pangburn

Paul Philippe Cret Medal
Founded by the Architectural Alumni Society in 1946, awarded to the graduating student who has consistently demonstrated excellence in design in the Master in Architecture professional degree program.
Awarded To: Carla Bonilla Huaroc

Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Awarded to a graduating architecture student for leadership, willing service, and promise of professional merit.
Awarded To: Nicole Bronola

Warren Powers Laird Award
Named for Warren Powers Laird (1861-1948), the first Dean of the School of Fine Arts (now the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design). Awarded to a student with the highest standing in all courses in the first year of the professional degree program in architecture.
To be announced

Charles Merrick Gay Scholarship
Awarded to the student who has shown outstanding ability in architectural construction and a realization of its relationship to design.
Awarded To: Rachael Liberty Kulish

James Smyth Warner Memorial Prize
Established in 1938 by Professor George Walter Dawson for a second-year student in Architecture with the highest record in required studio courses. The award is to be used for a trip to see and study American architecture.
Awarded To: Jiachang Ye

Frank Miles Day Memorial Prize
Named for Towne School graduate and architect of Penn’s Houston Hall, University Museum, Weightman Hall, and Franklin Field. Awarded to the architecture student submitting the best essay in courses in the history and theory of architecture.
Awarded To: Matthew Alan Kohman

Harlan Coornvelt Memorial Medal
Established in 1975 in memory of Harlan Coornvelt, who served as an Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Design from 1968 until his death in 1973. Awarded to the student who achieved the most outstanding record in required architectural structure courses.
Awarded To: Chia-Chia Liu

Mario J. Romanach Fellowship
Established in 1984 in memory of one of Penn’s most beloved teachers, the fellowship is awarded to a student entering the final year in the professional degree program, for demonstrated excellence in design, a love for architecture, and the determination to develop as an architect. Mario J. Romanach served as Professor of Architecture from 1962 until his death in March 1984. He was Chairman of the Department of Architecture from 1971 to 1974.
Awarded to: Ryan Thomas Henriksen

Faculty Prize
Awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional growth and development.
Awarded To: Andrew Michael Homick

Walter R. Leach II Fellowship
Established in memory of Walter R. Leach II, M.Arch ’67, this fellowship is awarded on the basis of academic merit to students entering the third year.
To be announced

T-Square Club Fellowship
Established in 1984 and awarded annually for excellence in design to a student who has just completed the first year. Among the patrons and members of the T-Square Atelier were Penn professors Paul Philippe Cret, Walter P. Laird, John Harbeson, Jean Hebrand, and Norman Rice.
Awarded To: Yi-Hsuan Wu

Samuel K. Schneidman Fellowship
Established in memory of Samuel K. Schneidman and awarded to second or third year students in the professional degree program on the basis of demonstrated excellence.
To be announced

Will M. Mehlhorn Scholarship
Established in 1989 through a bequest by Will M. Mehlhorn, BFA ‘30, former architectural editor of House and Garden. Awarded to the students who have done the best work in the theory sequence.

Master of Architecture Professional Degree

First-Year Students

  • First Prize: Veronica Cristina Rosado
  • Second Prize: Megan Ann York

Second-Year Students

  • First Prize: Kimberly Jane Shoemaker
  • Second Prize: Alexa Kristin Sternberger

Ph.D. Architecture:

  1. First Prize: Ruet Yarnitsky
  2. Second Prize: Ali Abdulla Alyousefi

AAD Prize in Design Excellence
This prize is awarded annually to a student in the Master of Science in Design: Advanced Architectural Design concentration degree program whose work is judged by the design faculty to be excellent, in consideration of the GPA and design portfolio.
Awarded To: Zehua Zhang and Yuanyi Zhou

The Kanter Tritsch Prize in Energy and Architectural Innovation
Awarded annually to a second-year student pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the Weitzman School who demonstrates transformational thinking on the built environment and innovation in his or her approach to energy, ecology, and/or social equity.
Awarded To: Patrick William Danahy

Muscoe Martin Green Building Fellowship
Awarded to: Ziao Wang

City and Regional Planning

William L.C. Wheaton Award
Awarded for highest academic performance after the first year of study (academic year 2017-2018)
To be announced

Paul Davidoff Award
Named for Penn Professor of City Planning, and the father of advocacy planning, Paul Davidoff. Awarded for excellent work in housing, community, and economic development.
Awarded To: Alex Krefetz

The Gaia Award
Awarded for excellent work in environmental planning.
Awarded To: Jennifer Elizabeth Gutierrez

The Smart Cities Award
Awarded for excellent work in the Smart Cities Concentration.
Awarded To: Rachael Anastasia Hartofelis and Huiling He

Brian C. West Award
Brian, an architect, 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 Penn Real Estate Club.  Brian rose rapidly to become Senior Project Manager for the Freedom Tower at the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey. In his memory, the Department of City and Regional Planning has established this award to recognize a second year student who embodies the talent and interests—urban design, planning, and real estate development—that Brian had during his lifetime.
Awarded To: Terence James Hogan

C. Britton Harris Award
Named for Penn faculty member and transportation planning and regional science pioneer.  Awarded for excellent work in transportation planning. 
Awarded To: Heike H. Jacob

David Crane Award
An influential mentor to many of his Penn colleagues and students, David Crane was affiliated with the City and Regional Planning Department at from 1957–72. Awarded for excellent work in urban design.
To be announced

Edmund Bacon Award
Named for noted planner, architect, author and Adjunct Professor at the School of Design. As the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 1949 to 1970, his visions continue to shape Philadelphia. Awarded for outstanding work by a first-year student in workshop.
To be announced

Ann Louise Strong Leadership Award
Named for Emeritus Professor of City and Regional Planning. Awarded for demonstrated leadership among his/her peers.
Awarded To: Alexander William Bidwell Baum and Neil Reid Narayan

AICP Outstanding Student Award
Awarded in recognition of outstanding attainment in the study of planning.
To be announced

Department of City and Regional Planning Special Award for Excellence in Student Publications
Awarded To: Jessica Margaret Klion, Danielle Marie Lake, and Alexandra Renee Zazula

Bruce J. Hansen Award
Originally named the Urban Collaborator award, this award—the only such award given by MCP students to an MCP student—is now known as the Bruce J. Hansen award in honor of a 2010 graduate who passed away unexpectedly. The Bruce J. Hansen award is given every year to the student whom their classmates think is the “Best Person to Have on Your Team,” a criteria which includes work ethic, leadership, humor, professionalism, and commitment to quality.
Awarded To: Emily Allie Goldstein

David A. Wallace Award
Named for a founding partner of the groundbreaking urban design firm Wallace McHarg Roberts & Todd; and professor in the School of Design’s Department of City and Regional Planning for eighteen years. Awarded for the highest academic performance in the second-year class.
To be announced

Fine Arts

The Lawrence Shprintz Award for Travel
First awarded in 1997 by Lawrence Shprintz, ChE ’50, this award is presented to a Fine Arts major who will be travelling overseas to participate in a credit-awarding program.
Awarded To: Joseph Painter

The Lawrence Shprintz MFA Award
First awarded in 1998 by Lawrence Shprintz, ChE ’50. In addition to the undergraduate fine arts award, this award is presented to one graduating and one first-year MFA student for outstanding performance in any medium.
Awarded To: Nova Göthlin

The Charles Addams Memorial Prize
The prize is awarded to one 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.
Awarded To: Anthony Cerilli

Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship
Awarded to an MFA student nominated by the faculty who shows exceptional promise as a visual artist in painting, sculpture, film, video, mixed media, or performance art.
Awarded To: Zachary J. Hill

The Stuart Egnal Scholarship Award
Awarded to one first-year MFA student for outstanding performance in any medium.
Awarded To: Rebecca Naegele

The Oakley Medal of Achievement
Awarded to one Master of Fine Arts student who has shown distinctive achievement in creative art.
Awarded To: Jessica Lin

Christopher Leland Lyon Memorial Fund Award
Chris, a student at Penn (MFA’99), was a prolific artist and dedicated painter. In memory of the spirited life he led, his friends and family have joined together to create this award in his honor.
Awarded To: B. Fields Harrington

The Vermont Studio Scholarship Awards
This matching fellowship is awarded to two first-year MFA students for the summer residency program.
Awarded To: Jessica Lin and Valentina Soto Illanes

The American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship
A summer residency awarded to a graduating student for study in Rome.
Awarded To: Emmanuela Soria Ruiz

The Lone Wolf Lugo Land Residency
A one-month fellowship award given to a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the Weitzman School. First initiated by Terry Adkins (artist and Penn Professor), and Luca Nostri (curator of Lugo Land), with the patronage of the Department of Culture of the city of Lugo, the residency has been dedicated to Professor Adkins, following his untimely death in 2014, and is named after the artist’s The Lone Wolf Recital Corps project.
Awarded To: Evan Curtis Charles Hall

Historic Preservation

The Charles E. Peterson Award
Charles E. Peterson was a towering figure in the development of historic preservation as a profession in this country. He was an architect, scholar of historic building technology, creator of the Historic American Building Survey and long-time Philadelphia resident. The Peterson Award is given in his memory by The Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia to outstanding students in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation who have distinguished themselves by specialized study of historic building technology.
Awarded To: Héctor Jabneel Berdecía-Hernández and Kallie Elizabeth Kothmann

Robin M. Beckett Fund
The purpose of the fund, generously supported by Robin Beckett (MCP’75), is to provide financial support to students studying historic preservation.
Awarded To: Margaret Eleanor Back, Sung Di, Meredith Seiz Johnson, Kimberly Rose La Porte, Sarah Lerner, Ashley Vail Losco, Wei Luo, Emelyn Ruby Najera, Santiago Preciado Ovalle, and Sarah McHale Scott

Dawn and Brian Gonick Architectural Conservation Professional Development Fund
These travel awards are made possible through the generosity of Brian Gonick (W’86) and Dawn M. Gonick (MSHP’94). The funds enable students studying architectural conservation to travel to conferences, symposia and other professional events.  
Awarded To: Dorcas Estelle Corchado, Caroline Purcell Dickensheets, Allison D. King, Justin Noah Lynch, and Elizabeth Anne Sexton

The Elizabeth Greene Wiley Award for Outstanding Promise
Established in 1991 in memory of Elizabeth Greene Wiley, Smith graduate, Penn preservation student and founding partner of ACP Enterprises, a successful business whose underlying theme was the celebration of architectural history.
Awarded To: Dorcas Estelle Corchado Colón, Kaitlyn Danielle Levesque, and Katherine L. Randall

The Anthony Nicholas Brady Garvan Award for an Outstanding Thesis
Each year, graduating Historic Preservation students must complete an independent thesis research project of their own devising. Thesis projects are important demonstrations of students’ mastery of the research process, as well as contributions to the professional literature in our field. These awards for the most outstanding completed thesis projects are named in honor of Anthony Nicholas Brady Garvan, a great historian and professor in Penn’s Department of American Civilization who helped create the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.
Awarded To: Caroline Purcell Dickensheets

Performance Evaluation of Amended Earthen Mortars at Wupatki National Monument

Mia Elizabeth Maloney
A Conservation Assessment of the Architectural Wood of the Original Dining Room at Taliesin West

Ran Wei
The Current Relocation Practice in Chinese Historic Districts from the Perspective of Residents’ Willingness to Relocate: A Case Study of Baitasi Historic District, Beijing

Irena Persis Patricia Wight
Reconfiguring the Republic Dream: A New Equitable Housing Type in Post-Socialist Tbilisi

The Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
The Faculty Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement recognizes the graduating MSHP student who has most consistently performed at the highest levels of academic achievement, as reflected in high grade-point average and the faculty’s recognition of excellence in the student’s completed work.
Awarded To: Sarah McHale Scott and Jacob William Torkelson

Landscape Architecture

The Ian L. McHarg Prize
Awarded to a graduating 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.
Awarded To: Anni Lei and Yang Zhao

The Laurie D. Olin Prize in Landscape Architecture
Awarded to a graduating 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.
Awarded To: Shuhan Liu

The John Dixon Hunt Prize in History, Theory, and Criticism
Awarded to a graduating student who has shown particular distinction in the theoretical and critical understanding of landscape architecture.
Awarded To: Krista Lynn Reimer

Faculty Medal in Landscape Architecture
Awarded to a graduating student with a high academic record in landscape architecture and outstanding contribution to the School in leadership.
Awarded To: Anna Darling

The 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, is awarded to a graduating student who has achieved a high level of design synthesis between landscape and urbanism.
Awarded To: Prince Alexander Langley

The Narendra Juneja Medal
Awarded in memory of associate professor Narendra Juneja, who served the department with distinction from 1965-1981, to a graduating student who has demonstrated deep exceptional commitment to ecological and social ideals in landscape architecture.
Awarded To: Lindsay Wilson Burnette

The 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.
Awarded To: Cari Krol

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.
Awarded To: Farré Nixon

The Robert M. Hanna Prize in Design
Awarded to a graduating 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.
Awarded To: Xuanang Li

OLIN Work Fellowship
A prize and a twelve-week internship awarded to an outstanding Master of Landscape Architecture student entering the final year of his or her study.
Awarded To: Joshua Ketchum

Wallace Roberts and Todd Fellowship
Awarded to an outstanding landscape architecture student who has finished the second year of the three-year program.
Awarded To: Sara Harmon

Mr. and Mrs. William L. Van Alen Traveling Fellowship
Awarded to one landscape architecture student and one architecture student, in the second year of their programs, for summer travel to Europe.
Awarded To: Margarida Gomes Mota

Faculty Acknowledgement Award for Service
This award, inaugurated in 2013, acknowledges a single student or small group of students who have made an exceptional extracurricular contribution to the program.
Awarded To: Yifan Cai and Chendi Zhang

Faculty Acknowledgement Award for Design Progress
This award, inaugurated in 2013, is given to a first year student in the three-year Master of Landscape Architecture program who has demonstrably advanced the furthest in their design capability across the course of their first year of study.
Awarded To: Chendi Zhang

Faculty Acknowledgement Award for Design Progress
This award, inaugurated in 2018, is given to a graduating student in the Master of Landscape Architecture program who has demonstrably advanced the furthest in their design capability across the course of their years of study.
Awarded To: Melita Schmeckpeper, Dorothy Jacobs, and Andrew Ward

Faculty Acknowledgement Award for Experimentation and Innovation
This award, inaugurated in 2019, acknowledges a single graduating student who has applied a particularly high level of innovation and experimentation in their design projects.
Awarded To: Yini Tang

American Society of Landscape Architecture Awards
Certificates of Honor and Merit awarded to graduating landscape architecture students who have demonstrated outstanding potential for contributions to the profession.
Awarded To: Lindsay Wilson Burnette, Krista Lynn Reimer, Qi Wang, Anna Darling, Xuanang Li, Farrè Nixon

Urban Spatial Analytics

The Descartes Award
Awarded for excellent work in the Masters of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program.
Awarded To: Rachael Anastasia Hartofelis and Chin Yee Lee

Faculty and Staff

The Outstanding Service to Students Award
The Outstanding Service to Students Award recognizes a Weitzman staff member who has demonstrated a strong commitment of service by going over and above the call of duty to help our students succeed.
Awarded To: Kaitlin Mosley

G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching
The teaching awards are named in honor of the late G. Holmes Perkins, dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts (now the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design) from 1951-71, and are given in recognition of distinguished teaching and innovation in the methods of instruction in the classroom, seminar, or studio.

Distinguished Teaching in the Undergraduate Programs
Awarded To: Jacob Rivkin

Distinguished Teaching by a Member of the Non-Standing Faculty
Awarded To: Matt Freedman

Distinguished Teaching by a Member of the Standing Faculty
Awarded To: Francesca Ammon