MINNEAPOLIS, June 18, 2019Katie Myhre, AIA, CID LEED AP, of Minneapolis firm Snow Kreilich Architects, was selected for the prestigious Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship for 2019. The Fellowship, established in 2007, nurtures design thinking in architecture and promotes a further understanding of resource sustainability in the world.

Each year, the Cavin Fellowship is awarded to a candidate under 35 years of age who holds a professional architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona or the University of Oregon. Each year, applicants submit to a rigorous, multi-round jury process and present their travel study plans for consideration. The competition is similar to the Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship program administered by the Minnesota Architectural Foundation.

With the Cavin Fellowship, Ms. Myhre will be traveling in Japan over the summer, using Kyoto as a home base. As an adjunct instructor in the undergraduate architecture program at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Myhre often references the work of Japanese architects, but seeks a deeper understanding through lived experience to inform her teaching and design work. She intends to undertake an immersion into each place, learning from the “white” and “red” schools of Japanese Architecture as presented by architectural historian and architect Terunobu Fujimori. She will explore how legibility of materials, structure, wayfinding and craft yields a quiet architecture within a community.

“Julie and I are thrilled to see this honor and traveling fellowship opportunity be awarded to Katie,” said Matthew Kreilich, FAIA, design principal and partner, Snow Kreilich Architects. “She continues to lead, inspire and grow within our firm and we look forward to seeing how this opportunity to travel through Japan for the next three months enriches her work in the future.”

Katie Myhre holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Interior Design from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture and Ecological Design Certificate from the University of Oregon. She is a LEED accredited professional and aided in the certification of the Lewis Integrative Science Building at the University of Oregon, the first higher education laboratory to receive LEED Platinum designation in the state.

About the Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship

The Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship  was established  by Minnesotan and University of Minnesota Architecture Alumni Brooks Cavin, III, AIA in 2002. For more than a decade, the Cavin family continues to remain involved in the mission of the Fellowship.The initial award of this traveling scholarship in 2007 was established to honor the families and architectural traditions of William Brooks Cavin, Sr. and William Brooks Cavin, Jr., FAIA. For more than a decade, the Cavin family continues to remain involved in the mission of the Fellowship The spirit and format of this design-based competition format of the Cavin Fellowship was inspired by those of the Rotch and Rapson Traveling Study Fellowships to offer travel-study opportunities to West Coast scholars. Through this competition and the discussion that is fostered by it among its jury members, the young practitioners and recent graduates who compete in it, and the universities that they represent, the fellowship continues to nurture design in architecture and to promote a further understanding of resource sustainability in the world.