Friday, June 8, 2018
The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) held its 2018 Convocation Ceremony on the evening of Saturday, May 12. The event kicked off in the college's Sundt Gallery with a reception for all 118 graduates and their families and then was moved to Centennial Hall, the University of Arizona's "Main Auditorium," for a formal ceremony.
 
The Master of Ceremony was Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, dean of the college. The Keynote Speaker was Robert Miller, AIA, director of the School of Architecture, who spoke both as President of the American Institute of Architects, Arizona Chapter and as a Professor of Architecture.
 
Each of the graduates had an opportunity to cross the stage having their name announced by Clare Robinson, assistant professor of architecture. They were greeted center stage by Dean Pollock-Ellwand and by either their program's chairperson or their program's director where the graduate's family and friends had an opportunity to snap photos seizing the special occasion.
 
Each of the graduates had their name and special awards and recognitions projected on the back of the stage. There were some awards that were individually recognized by program. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research Barbara Bryson took to the stage to acknowledge these awards.
 

Master of Architecture AIA Henry Adams Medal & Certificate, Hussein Alsalih - The American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal and Certificate is awarded to the top-ranking graduate student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board.

Master of Architecture Prize, Reza Hamidi- The Master of Architecture Prize is awarded to the Master’s project that most clearly integrates site, program, and structural logic with nuance and sophistication.  Executed by a Master's student who has demonstrated citizenship and high potential for a meaningful contribution to the practice of architecture. 

Master of Science in Architecture Highest Scholastic Excellence, Patricia Horn- The Master of Science in Architecture Highest Scholastic Excellence award is awarded for a combination of GPA and scholarly excellence in the Master of Science in Architecture program.

Master of Science in Architecture Best Master’s Thesis, Patricia Horn-  The Master of Science in Architecture Best Master’s Thesis is awarded to the top thesis that most clearly demonstrates rigorous research, creative inquiry, and insightful application.

Master of Landscape Architecture Olmsted Scholar, Brad Kindler - The Landscape Architecture Foundation's Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits. Named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, the Olmsted Scholars Program is the premier national award program for landscape architecture students. Now in its 11th year, the program recognizes one outstanding student from each accredited landscape architecture program in the U.S. and Canada. Students are both honored for past achievements and recognized for their future potential to influence the landscape architecture profession.

Master of Science in Planning AICP Outstanding Student, Hannah Oden- The American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Student Award recognizes outstanding attainment in the study of planning by students graduating from Planning Accreditation Board–accredited planning programs. Each respective planning program convenes a jury to make the award selection.

Bachelor of Architecture AIA Henry Adams Medal & Certificate, Morgan Oster-The American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal and Certificate is awarded to the top-ranking undergraduate student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board.

Bachelor of Architecture Capstone Distinguished Projects and Capstone Class Award, Miranda Stevens, Katherine Stuteville, Corrie Wilcox and Capstone Studio Class Award: Jeffrey Moser- The Capstone Distinguished Projects and Capstone Studio Class Award is determined by a distinguished group of external reviewers, this award recognizes the best Capstone work in the class based on significance, rigor, development, and design.

Bachelor of Architecture William G. Ure Memorial Award, Katherine Stuteville-The William G. Ure Memorial Award is determined by a vote of peers and presented to that graduating student whose educational career and personal demeanor have reflected the attributes of courage, modesty, altruism, and honesty – the traits of its namesake.

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments Spring 2018 Capstone Award Winner, Max Kukuchka-Melder- Each Sustainable Built Environments student engages in a Capstone Project in their final academic year of their undergraduate career. It is the culmination of all of their knowledge, skills, and abilities that they have gained throughout their major coursework. At the conclusion of their project, each student presents their work and their findings in a competition with their peers. Judges bestow one award to the top project based on research merit and potential sustainability impact on the built environment.

 

  • Photos of Convocation are available for download here
  • Video of Convocation is available here.
  • A full list of award recipients from this academic year can be found here. 
  • A full library of photos taken this academic year are available here.
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