Celebrating DISCOVERY and advancement of architectural education to graduates and practitioners through foreign/domestic travel-study

First awarded in 1989, the Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship honors Ralph Rapson, FAIA. On the basis of a weekend juried design competition, this partially endowed fellowship awards young Minnesota architectural graduates or practitioners $10,000 to $12,000 to advance their education in architecture through foreign or domestic travel-study. Donations and fundraisers continue building this fund, which was initiated with a 1984 fundraiser.

2018 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship

Congratulations to Shida Du, AIA, who has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship! The competition held March 1-6, 2018 challenged competitors to give their best thought and design energy to the issue of affordable housing in our communities.  The program brief invited competitors to design affordable housing for a focused, or mixed, residential need on a site of their choosing. 

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The jury chose five finalists from among the 53 entrants including:

Elizabeth Kalin, AIA
James Kehl, Assoc. AIA
Michael Hara, AIA
Jesse Zeien, AIA
Shida Du, AIA
Click on the individual's name to see their submission boards.
 

This year’s jurors were Mary Shaffer, AIA (LEO A DALY), Anna Pravinanta, AIA (Alliiance), Todd Rhoades, AIA (Cermak Rhoades Architects), and Gayla Lindt, Assoc. AIA (University of Minnesota).  On Friday, April 6, 2018, each of the five finalists presented their design schemes to the jury and Shida Du was named the 2018 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship recipient.

A project architect at BWBR, Du graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2011 with a Master of Architecture. With the Fellowship, Du is planning to use his photography, drawing and writing skills to study and document how communities rebuild from catastrophic natural disasters.  He plans to visit Nepal and Sichuan, China to learn more about how ordinary life endures physical erasure and reinvents itself through rebuilding.

2017 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship

Hans-Christian Karlberg, Assoc. AIA, was the recipient of the 2017 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship! The competition held March 9-14, 2017 was to create a public interest design center, corner food market, and a makerspace that explored the weaving of reinvigorated community purpose into the fabric of an existing residential neighborhood intersection located in the Harrison Neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hans-Christian graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010 with a Master of Architecture. With the Fellowship, Hans-Christian experienced and explored Native American historic sites throughout the United States. He plans to document his trip with sketches and drawings.

The jury chose five finalists from among the 47 entrants including:
Michael Hara, Assoc. AIA
Elizabeth Turner, AIA
Don Vu, Assoc. AIA
Jesse Zeien, AIA
Hans-Christian Karlberg, Assoc. AIA
Click on the individual's name to see their submission boards.

2016 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship

David Johansson, Assoc. AIA, has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. This year’s program, held March 10-15, 2016, was to design an environment and structure(s) that fosters community/police relations and serves as a catalyst for economic repair.

The jury chose four finalists from among the 32 entrants including:
Michael Hara, Assoc. AIA
David Johansson, Assoc. AIA
Pete Mikelson, AIA
David Wilson, AIA
Click on the individual's name to see their submission boards.

2015 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship

Nat Madson, AIA won the 2015 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship with his design for an inspirational place dedicated to the Common Good by redeveloping an existing surface parking lot near the Minneapolis Central Library into a great place and urban park. An Architect at HGA and an adjunct instructor at the University of Minnesota College of Design, Nat graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007 with a Masters in Architecture. With the Fellowship, Nat is planning an American road trip where he will use filmmaking techniques to explore and document the built environment.

The jury chose five finalists from among the 36 entrants:
Scott Aspenson, Assoc. AIA
Kar-Keat Chong, Assoc. AIA
Peter Crandall, Assoc. AIA
Nat Madson, AIA
Matthew Sletten, Assoc. AIA
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2014 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship

Mark Stankey, AIA and his family blogged their way through Norway.  View their blog and follow their travels.

Mark is the 2014 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship winner. The 2014 competition program was to design a “Case Study” House, as an exploratory analysis of a new way of residential living for the evolving definition of ‘single-family’. Currently starting a new firm, Mark graduated from Montana State University in 2006 with a master's in Architecture.  With the fellowship, Mark plans to travel to Norway as he continues to explore how architecture and site interact - specifically how buildings relate to the ground plane, sky, and water.

The jury chose five finalists from among the 36 entrants:
Thomas Clark, AIA
Michael Hara, Assoc. AIA
Mark Stankey, Assoc. AIA
Don Vu, Assoc. AIA
Jesse Zeien, AIA
Click on the individual's name to see their submission boards.

Download the 2014 Rapson Traveling Fellowship press release.