Graduates and Award Winners


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: Tone Chu

Bonnie and Gary Sellers Summer Internship Fellowship
Established by Bonnie (CW'73) and Gary Sellers to allow students to pursue unfunded or under-funded summer internships or jobs in the design fields.
Awarded To: Emily Johanna Bunker

Bonnie and Gary Sellers and WX Scholarship
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.
Jane Christen (MCP’20), Elana Fortson (W’20), Maggie Mulhern (WG’20), and Alison Wasserman (W’20)


Van Alen Traveling Fellowship
Awarded to two students in the Architecture and/or Landscape Architecture departments who are in the second year of their programs, for summer travel to Europe.
Awarded To: Paul Germaine McCoy and Amber Farrow.

The following awards were made during the Department of Architecture’s annual competition week held at the beginning of the Spring 2020 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.
Awarded To:
First Place: Laura Elizabeth Elliott, Sonja Elise Millermaier, Madison Tousaw, Riley James Engelberger, Hayoung Nho, Beikel Jose Rivas, Miguel Eliecer Matos, Jamaica Reese-Julien, and Siwei Zhu
Honorable Mentions: Huichao Dong, Yasmine McBride, Juliet McCooey, Tuo Chen, Anabella, Fabiola Gilbert, and Nicholas Grant Houser

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.
First Prize: Madison Green and Megan York
Second Prize: Paul Germaine McCoy, Matthew Kohman, Eric Anderson, Peik Shelton, Sami Samawi, Christine Anne Eichhorn, Kyunghyun Kim, Kerry Megan Hohenstein, Hanqing Yao, and Xiaojing Yuan
Third Prize: Glenn William Godfrey, Zhiqi Sheng, Saina Xiang, Merrick E Castillo, Maria Jose, Jose Fuentes, Huadong Lin, Bin Liu, Chenyang Yu, Tianhui Zhang and Jingyi Zhou

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.
First Prize: Perry Ashenfelter

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: Katarina Marjanovic

Arthur Spayd Brook 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.
Gold Medal: Ryan Henriksen
Silver Medal: Patrick Danahy

Alpha Rho Chi Medal
In 1931, the Grand Council of Alpha Rho Chi established the Alpha Rho Chi Medal to "encourage professional leadership by rewarding student accomplishment." The Fraternity provides the medal to selected schools of architecture throughout the country to be awarded to the graduating senior who has shown an affinity for leadership, performed willing service for the school or department, and gives promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality. The members of Alpha Rho Chi firmly believe strong leaders are just as essential as strong designers to the architectural professions. It is vital to our efforts to produce individuals committed to public service, as well as individuals committed to maintaining Architecture and the Allied Arts as noble professions. We also assert that high scholastic achievement is not necessarily an accurate measure of leadership or service. The Alpha Rho Chi Medal commends those students who show true professional merit beyond the design studio and their academic career.
Awarded To: Ryan Henriksen

Warren Powers Laird Award
Named for Warren Powers Laird (1861-1948), the first Dean of the School of Fine Arts (now 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.
Eleanor Garside, Lisa Knust, Elisabeth Machielse, Julianne Petrillo, Jamaica Reese-Julien, Dario Sabidussi, and Madison Tousaw

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: Reem Sourein Abi Samra

The Donald Prowler Memorial Prize
Established in 2002, the Donald Prowler Memorial Prize is awarded annually in memory of Donald Prowler, MArch’75, a dedicated teacher of environmental architecture at PennDesign. Awarded to the student with an outstanding record in required environmental courses and a desire to further sustainable architecture.
Awarded To: Abinayaa Perezhilan

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: Megan York

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: Jamaica Reese-Julien

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: Reem Sourein Abi Samra and Yifan Shi

Mario J. Romañach 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: Paul Germaine McCoy

Faculty Prize
Awarded to students who have demonstrated exceptional growth and development.
Awarded To: Eliana Weiner

Walter R. Leach II Fellowship
Established in memory of Walter R. Leach II (MArch’67) this fellowship is awarded on the basis of academic merit to students entering the third year.
Awarded to: Megan York, Jingyi Zhou, Natalia del Pilar Revelo, Alexander Jackson, Christine Eichhorn, Calli Katzelnick, Matthew Kohman, Veronica Cristina Rosado

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: Anna Lim

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.
Awarded to: Robert Schaffer

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 First-Year Students
Awarded To: Elisabeth Machielse and Yasmine McBride

Master of Architecture Second-Year Students
Awarded To: Jay Greene and Margarida Gonçalves Garcia Gomes Mota

Ph.D. Architecture
Awarded To: Qiran Shang and Shaikhah Alsahli

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: Hanning Liu and Yihao Zhang

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 of Design who demonstrates transformational thinking on the built environment and innovation in his or her approach to energy, ecology, and/or social equity.
Paul Germaine McCoy

The Muscoe Martin Green Building Fellowship
Awarded Annually to a first year MSD-EBD student, the winner will continue the work Martin Muscoe began at Penn and in Philadelphia. The Fellowship will provide a student with funding for the final semester of study in the MSD-EBD program and the opportunity to pursue research and projects at Green Building United.
Awarded To: Vidyashree Unnikrishnan

The Atkin Fellowship
The Fellowship shall support a deserving graduate student enrolled in the student’s last year of studies. The fellowship shall be used to support the idea of “place” in architecture, including the history, culture and existing conditions of a site in the development of a project, and in consideration of the community that shall use the building or site, in opposition to an imposed solution. The fellowship shall be awarded based on the ideas in Professor Vittorio Gregotti’s article, “On Modification,” in his book, Inside Architecture.
Awarded To: Matt Kohman and Veronica Cristina Rosado

City and Regional Planning

William L.C. Wheaton Award
Awarded for highest academic performance after the first year of study (academic year 2019-2020)
Awarded To: Chelsea Rose Beroza, Kelsey Michelle Edelen, Mary Alice Eveleigh, Leonardo de
Castro Harth, and Geyang Li

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

The Witte-Sakamoto Family Prize in City and Regional Planning
The Witte-Sakamoto Family Prize in City and Regional Planning recognizes an outstanding planning student entering the final year in the Master of City and Regional Planning program for innovation and impact in planning.
Avery Harmon

The Gaia Award
Awarded for excellent work in environmental planning.
Awarded To: Allison Catherine Carr

The Smart Cities Award
Awarded for excellent work in the Smart Cities Concentration.
Awarded To: Shuchang Dong

Brian C. West Award
Brian, an architect, who received his Master of City Planning and a Certificate in Real Estate in 2001 and 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 Weitzman 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: Jesse Weiss

C. Britton Harris Award
Named for the Penn faculty member and transportation planning and regional science pioneer. Awarded for excellent work in transportation planning.
Awarded To: Eugene Chong

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 1957–1972. Awarded for excellent work in urban design.
Awarded To: Mary Alice Eveleigh

Edmund Bacon Award
Named for the 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.
Not awarded

Ann Louise Strong Leadership Award
Named for the Emeritus Professor of City and Regional Planning. Awarded for demonstrated leadership among his/her peers.
Awarded To: Zachery James Hammaker, Anthony Jreije, Stephen Monroe Dillon, He Zhang, Mary Alice Eveleigh, Jacqueline Marie Weidman and Jia Yuan

AICP Outstanding Student Award
Awarded in recognition of outstanding attainment in the study of planning.
Awarded To: Laure Frouwke Wassen

Department of City and Regional Planning Special Award for Excellence in Student
Awarded To: Claire Zelda Jaffe, Tiffany Lynn Hudson and Selina Cheah

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.” The criteria include work ethic, leadership, humor, professionalism, and commitment to quality.
Awarded To: Jacqueline Marie Weidman

Fine Arts

The Lawrance Shprintz Award for Outstanding Performance in Any Medium
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.
Oludare Marcelle

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.
First Year: Rachael Viola Bordon
Second Year: Elisabeth Park Durham

The Charles Addams Memorial Prize
The prize is awarded to one graduating MFA student who shows promise of outstanding talent and achievement as an artist. This award memorializes the work, spirit, and interests of Charles Addams (FA'34, Hon'80), 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: David Johnson

Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship
Awarded to a graduating 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: Kyuri Jeon, Glen "Sonnie" Wooden and Joshua Anthony. This award is to be split amongst recipients.

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

The Oakley Medal of Achievement
Awarded to one first-year MFA student who has shown distinctive achievement in creative art.
Awarded To: Min Kyong Baek

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: Lesia Alexandra Micheline Mokrycke

The Vermont Studio Scholarship Awards
This matching fellowship is awarded to two first-year MFA students for the summer residency program.
Awarded To: Narendra John Haynes and Illya Mousavijad

The American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship
A summer residency awarded to a graduating student for study in Rome.
Awarded To: Jane Marie Fentress

Fine Arts Faculty Discretionary Award
Awarded to four first-year MFA students at the discretion of the fine arts faculty for outstanding performance.
Awarded To: Patricia Thomas, Kay Seohyung Lee, Won Cha, and Julian Harper

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: Gabrielle Goldstein and Mónica P. Ortiz Cortés

The Colonial Dames of America Chapter II Scholarship in Historic Preservation
Awarded to a second-year student in excellent standing who has committed to scholarship on a topic that raises awareness of the Delaware Valley’s rich cultural history and built environment and its preservation.
Awarded To: Sarah Rachel Van Horn Lerner

Albert Binder Travel Fellowship Fund
The Albert Binder Travel Fellowships have been a long-standing source of student travel funds, used to support attendance at academic conferences, professional meetings, or special research projects. Each year a number of graduate students benefit from the generosity of the anonymous donors giving to this award on Binder’s behalf.
Awarded To: Ifrah Asif, Dara Mique Epison, Kimberly Rose La Porte, Emelyn Ruby Nájera, Dairong Qiu, and Meris Westberg

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: Ifrah Asif, Joseph Raymond Bacci, Héctor Berdecía-Hernández, Jennifer Lynne
Boggs, Allison Davis, Sung Di, Kimberly La Porte 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: Héctor Berdecía-Hernández, Gabriel Joseph Harper and Amanda Leigh Stevens

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: Xue Fei Lin and Kimberly La Porte

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 by the faculty’s recognition of excellence in the student’s completed work.
Awarded To: Elizabeth Anne Sexton and Adrian Daniel Trevisan

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: Zachery James Hammaker

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 Emeritus Olin who served on Penn’s faculty of landscape architecture for over four decades.
Awarded To: Margarida Gonçalves Garcia Gomes Mota

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: James Andrew Dugald Billingsley

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: Wenxin Deng

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: Shuyang Wang

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: Yang Du

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: Yutong Zhan

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: Melita Amy Bolles Schmeckpeper

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: Sergio Alonzo Viccini

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: Susan Joy Kolber and Zuzanna Drozdz

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: Elliot Marcus Bullen

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: Alexandra Jeann Lillehei, Jiacheng Chen, and Lujian Zhang

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: Joshua David Ketchum and Chenhao Zhu

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: Cari Marie Krol

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.
Certificate of Honor: James Andrew Dugald Billingsley, Robert Morrow Levinthal and Lujian
Certificate of Merit: Joshua David Ketchum, Margarida Gonçalves Garcia Gomes Mota and
Alexandra Jeann Lillehei

Urban Spatial Analytics

The Descartes Award
Awarded for excellent work in the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program.
Awarded To: Hanyong Xu and Chan Lin-En Leanne

Faculty and Staff

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 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: Sophie Debiasi Hochhäusl

Distinguished Teaching by a Member of the Non-Standing Faculty
Awarded To: Willie Udell

Distinguished Teaching by a Member of the Standing Faculty
Awarded To: Sean Burkholder