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2008 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship Winner
2008 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship
Ralph Rapson Winner The Minnesota Architectural Foundation is pleased to announce Stephen James, Assoc. AIA, as the winner of the 2008 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship. The purpose of the competition is to provide young architects the opportunity to advance their education in architecture by pursuing foreign or domestic travel-study. To assist in their education, $10,000 is awarded to the winner. This year’s program, held March 11-April 18, 2008, was to design a mountain sports/activity center in the Afton State Park And Afton Alps Ski area on the St. Croix River. The first jury chose four finalists from among the 53 entrants including: Kendra Wilson Beaubien, Associate AIA, HGA Minneapolis, MN, Mark Stankey, Associate AIA, James Dayton Design Minneapolis, MN, Adam Mead, Associate AIA, Polshek Partnership New York City, NY, and Stephen James, Associate AIA, Kennecott Land, Salt Lake City, UT. The jury members were Joan Soranno, AIA, Martha Yunker, AIA, Will Jensen, AIA, and Nicholas Potts, Assoc. AIA. Each of the five finalists presented their design schemes to the jury. 2008 Rapson Traveling Fellowship Press Release (PDF).

2008 Competition Guidelines (for reference) (DOC)

Minnesota Architectural Foundation Announces 2007 Ellerbe Winners
The Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship is given annually to two or more worthy College of Design (formally known as CALA) students in the final semester of their Master's program. 2007 winners include Jonathan Mason, Matthew Gamache, and Russell Wilson. Each winner will receive $2,000 along with our best wishes for success in their careers. Our three finalists include Meredith Hayes Gordon, Nat Mason, and Ryan O'Malley. There was no award given in engineering this year. Judges' comments suggested that all participants had portfolios of high quality, transcripts indicating outstanding academic achievement, and supportive letters of recommendation. Congratulations to our 2007 winners and finalists!

Leadership Fund

The Beverly Hauschild-Baron Leadership Fund of the Minnesota Architectural Foundation announces Judy Grundstrom, AIA, co-founder of IOTA (Inland Office for Tomorrow's Architecture) as its first award recipient. Judy will receive $1,500 to be used for tuition at the 2006-2007 Leadership Twin Cities training event, a nine-month program designed to help individuals expand their leadership abilities and use those skills to benefit local communities.
If you know someone who is interested in this scholarship program, please encourage him/her to apply. This fund was established to provide support for the development of present and future leaders for our profession, and the community-at-large. We will provide financial support for Minnesota members of the architectural profession, to expand their leadership capabilities, intensify their ethics understanding, and hone their civic involvement skills. For more information, please contact Su Blumentals at sblumentals@comcast.net.


2005 marked a very special event in the history of the MAF and the Wigington Minority Architectural Scholarship: we celebrated the graduation of our first Wigington Scholars. Keon Blasingame and Pauv Thouk received their Masters of Architecture degrees from the University of Minnesota's College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) in 2005. We are excited that the faculty chose Pauv as one of only five winners of the Leon Arnal Memorial Thesis Awards.

The Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship is given annually to worthy CALA students in their final semester. This year's winners, Jennifer Graham and En-Min (Jimmy) Chang each received $2,000 along with our best wishes for their success in their careers. We are excited that the CALA faculty also chose Jimmy as a winner of a Leon Arnal Memorial Thesis Award.

The MAF is proud to be providing financial assistance through its General Fund to catalogue the vast number of drawings from the career of Ralph Rapson which will be archived at the Northwest Architectural Archives and at Cranbrook Academy.

Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship Winners Archive

2006 Creed Kampa, Assoc. AIA, is the winner of the 2006 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship. This year’s program, held March 9-14, 2006, was to design an inner city Waldorf School on a site in Northeast Minneapolis.  The first jury chose five finalists from among the 29 entrants including: Bill Baxley, AIA, BKV Group, Inc.; Creed Kampa, Assoc. AIA, Hammel Green & Abrahamson (HGA) Inc.; Jong Kwan Kim, Assoc. AIA, Ellerbe Becket, Inc.; Beth Nelson, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Alliance; Andy Weyenberg, Assoc. AIA, HGA Inc. The jury members were Toby Rapson, AIA; Tom Meyer, FAIA; Eric Amel; and Francis Bullbulian, AIA.  Janis LaDouceur, AIA, stepped in as a replacement for Francis Bullbulian for the final jury.  Each of the five finalists presented their design schemes to the jury.
Kampa, this year’s competition winner, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Architecture in 1998 and worked for HGA in Minneapolis before moving to California where he is currently working in HGA’s Sacramento office.  He has plans to travel to Japan to study both modern and ancient works of architecture and that culture’s building craft.  See the 2006 Rapson Traveling Fellowship Press Release (PDF).

2005 Eric Amel was chosen as the winner of the 2005 Fellowship. Eric is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and is a designer at HGA in Minneapolis, and recieved $10,000 in support of his study-travels. Learn more about Eric and his design for a Mexican Consulate in St. Paul at 2005 Rapson.

2003 Matthew Kreilich, a designer at Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. received the 2003 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship. Learn more about his winning design for a Wellstone memorial at 2003 Rapson.

2000 Dan Nepp, AIA, recipient of the 2000 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship, created his study abroad presentation as a web site. Nepp investigated precedents and inspirations for current American house design and past vernacular homes from several different architectural movements in Western Europe. His study included the Arts and Crafts movement in England, National Romanticism in Sweden, Art Noveau in France, the work of Aalto and Le Corbusier and residential vernacular architecture throughout the region.
View Nepp's 2000 Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship Presentation.

Minnesota Architectural Foundation

2007 Board of Directors

James Lammers, FAIA, President

John Hamilton, AIA, President-Elect
Steve McNeill, AIA, Past President
Ellen Luken, AIA, Secretary
Alicia Belton, AIA, Treasurer
Susan Blumentals, FAIA
Sue Danielson Bretheim
Jay Isenberg, AIA
Barbara Senness
Milo Thompson, FAIA
Toby Rapson, AIA
Ralph Rapson, FAIA, Founding Member
Beverly Hauschild-Baron, Hon. AIA, Executive Director
Shannon Lavin, Recording Secretary

Your financial support allows MAF to continue to fund outstanding programs such as the Rapson Fellowship and others (see below). Help us support current and future practitioners to advance the profession and make Minnesota architecture the best in the country. Please make your contribution by downloading the Contribution Form (pdf) and return it with your contribution to AIA Minnesota. Thank you for your support!

The Minnesota Architectural Foundation originated in 1970 as the "MSA Foundation for Environmental Research" with a purpose of studying potential computer applications in architecture. In 1979, following receipt of a bequest from William Berget, the name was changed to "MSAIA Architectural Foundation," incorporated for "charitable, scientific & educational purposes relating to the encouragement & improvement of the architectural environment." Today the "Minnesota Architectural Foundation" supports its mission of "Providing Advocacy and Capital for the Advancement of Architecture in Minnesota," through the activities of its General Fund and four goal-specific funds.

The General Fund
The General Fund derives its income from AIA Minnesota and Chapter contributions, individual contributions and bequests. This Fund covers overhead and supports miscellaneous projects, publications and exhibits that align with the Foundation's mission.

Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship
The Thomas F. Ellerbe Scholarship was endowed in 1981 by the Ellerbe firm in honor of Thomas F. Ellerbe, FAIA. This fund annually awards two or more $1,000 to $2,500 scholarships to exemplary University of Minnesota architectural and engineering students in the final year of their Master's program.

Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship
First awarded in 1989, the Ralph Rapson 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 fund-raisers continue building this fund, initiated with a 1984 fund-raiser.

Clarence Wigington Minority Architectural Scholarship
Created in 1992 as the Minority Architectural Scholarship, this fund was renamed to recognize the extraordinary professional and civic accomplishments of the first African-American municipal architect in the United States and the first licensed African-American architect in Minnesota. This scholarship provides tuition scholarships to minority students who wish to pursue a professional education in architecture at the University of Minnesota, and who hold promise for succeeding in an architectural career. Funding is provided through annual raffles at the AIA Minnesota Annual Convention and donations.

Beverly E. Hauschild-Baron Leadership Fund
The Beverly E. Hauschild-Baron Leadership Fund was established in 2001 to recognize Beverly Hauschild-Baron's 25 years of service to AIA Minnesota. Its purpose is to help develop ongoing leadership for AIA Minnesota by providing financial support for AIA Minnesota members and AIA Minnesota staff pursuing Leadership Training. Funding is provided through designated donations and other private support.