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.

2015 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship

Nat Madson, AIA, has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. This year’s program, held March 19 - 24, 2015, was to design 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.

The jury chose five finalists from among the 36 entrants including:
Scott Aspenson, Assoc. AIA - RSP Architects View Finalist Boards
Kar-Keat Chong, Assoc. AIA - Snow Kreilich Architects View Finalist Boards
Peter Crandall, Assoc. AIA - City of Minneapolis View Finalist Boards
Nat Madson, AIA - HGA Architects and Engineers View Winning Boards
Matthew Sletten, Assoc. AIA - BWBR View Finalist Boards

This year’s jury members were Bill Baxley, AIA, Doug Freeman, Mic Johnson, FAIA, Rosemary McMonigal, FAIA, and Lucy Thompson. On Friday, April 24, 2015, each of the five finalists presented their design schemes to the jury and Nat Madson was named the 2015 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship winner.

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.

SPECIAL EVENT - WANDERLUST - June 5-6, 2015

Celebrating 25 years of the Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship
Over the last 25 years, 21 Ralph Rapson Fellows have traveled the globe photographing, sketching, painting and writing about the places they explored.

This June, for the first time, their work will be displayed in a two day event together with original work by Ralph Rapson to celebrate the legacy of this great fellowship and to raise funds for the program and future fellows.
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2014 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship

Mark Stankey, Assoc. AIA, has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. This year’s program, held March 27 – April 1, 2014, 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’.
2014 Rapson Winner

A sample of Mark Stankey's presentation boards.

The jury chose five finalists from among the 36 entrants:

Click on the individual's name to see their submission boards.



This year’s jury members were Su Blumentals, FAIA, Eric Amel, AIA, Brian Larson, AIA, and Daniel Nepp, AIA. On April 25, 2014, each of the five finalists presented their design schemes to the jury, and Mark Stankey was named the 2014 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship winner.



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.

Download the 2014 Rapson Traveling Fellowship press release.