Architecture and Design Foundation Awards 2020 Scholarships and Fellowships


The Architecture and Design Foundation has awarded $14,500 in academic scholarships and grants in 2020. The Foundation awards a variety of scholarships and fellowships to support the next generation of architects, providing tuition support and travel and research project funds to high school and college architecture students, as well as young architects just beginning their careers. The scholarship program works to make architecture education accessible to all and diversify research in architecture. Congratulations to the following recipients:

Diversity in Architecture Scholarship

This award aims to support and encourage minority students who are pursuing a career in architecture. It is open to graduates of high school in North Texas who are enrolled or accepted to an NAAB-accredited architecture program. It is awarded based on their high level of academic performance and evidence of financial need. The Diversity in Architecture scholarship is endowed by the Architecture and Design Foundation with additional funding provided by the AIA Component Scholarship Award.

Manuel Alvarado was awarded the Architecture and Design Foundation Diversity in Architecture scholarship to support his last semester in the Master of Architecture program at Texas A&M University. Alvarado draws inspiration from his multicultural background and approaches architecture from a place of equity to help transform the lives of others in vulnerable communities.

Latinos in Architecture Scholarship

The Latinos in Architecture Scholarship supports Latino students who are pursuing a career in architecture and have demonstrated financial need. The merit-based award is open to pending graduates of Dallas ISD, enrolled or accepted to an accredited architecture program. This award is sponsored by the AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture Network and is nearing full endowment.

Diana Anda is a third-year Bachelor of Architecture student at Oklahoma State University. Anda held a summer internship with Michael Schmitt Architect: New York last year and is interested in how we can dismantle the barriers that separate others by building a universal language through design.

Pat Yates Spillman Scholarship

The Spillman Scholarship was founded to commemorate the contributions of Pat Yates Spillman, FAIA to the City of Dallas, the Texas architectural community, and the many non‐profit organizations that he supported through his time and leadership. Pat was a graduate of Texas A&M University and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He also attended Yale University and was a Fulbright Scholarship recipient. His passion for education resonated throughout his career in the many commissions that he received at universities throughout the State of Texas. Pat mentored many architects through his private practice and his leadership in the American Institute of Architects locally, and nationally.

This award provides financial assistance to a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student of the Texas A&M College of Architecture who demonstrates financial need. The scholarship is funded by the family, friends, and colleagues of Pat Y. Spillman, FAIA.

Rodrigo Pineros is a second-year Bachelor of Environmental Science student at Texas A&M University. From a young age, Pineros’ Mexican and Columbian background exposed him to the diversity and stories found in design and culture and prompted his interest in architectural studies.

OMNIPLAN/ Harrell+Hamilton Scholarship

This award recognizes and encourages the talented and dedicated graduate students at the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. It is sponsored by Omniplan, Inc.

Amanda Floyd is a first-year Master of Architecture Student at UT Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. She has an interest in designing architecture that positively influences the health of everyone physically and psychologically beyond just aesthetics.

The Bill Millsap Fellowship: The Art of Landscape Architecture

The Millsap Fellowship provides a stipend to inspire students and young professionals in their study of the intersection of art, landscape architecture, and the cultural and personal relationships inspired by these pursuits. This stipend is envisioned to help facilitate a supplemental experience, research project or experiment in art or creative landscape expression. Proposals may include, but are not limited to travel, art creation, digital conceptualization, temporary installation, interviews, research, or other collaborative experiences. It may not be used simply for tuition expenses. It is open to fourth of fifth year undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates of an accredited school of landscape architecture in the United States. It is sponsored by the friends, family, and colleagues of Bill Millsap.

Jeremy Dvorak is a fourth-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture student at California Polytechnic State University. Recently, he has held an internship with SWA Group in San Francisco and designed a Park(ing) Day installation piece with a classmate. Both experiences have been influential to Dvorak’s proposal to create an inclusive landscape with public art installations in the City of Vallejo.

McDermott Traveling Fellowship

The McDermott Traveling Fellowship is awarded for traveling studies in architecture; to research, develop, and disseminate knowledge of the built environment. It is awarded to Texas residents who are 4th, 5th, 6th year students, or recent graduates of an accredited architecture program. It is sponsored by the McDermott Foundation and the Architecture and Design Foundation.

Cassidy Jones holds a recent Bachelor of Architecture degree and a minor in Art History from the University of Oregon. Jones was an intern for Coact Designworks and Rowell Brokaw Architects during her studies and is now a designer at PAGE. In her proposal, Jones will compare and contrast Eastern and Western cultures and how their development overtime has influenced their architecture, specifically in Greece and Turkey.

Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship recipients!

Additionally, the Architecture and Design Foundation, through the Bill & Jean Booziotis Scholarship Fund, awarded a $4,000 grant to The University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) this spring to provide emergency aid support for architecture students who have been adversely affected by COVID-19.

We have many exciting scholarship initiatives in the works – not only the creation of new awards, but the enhancement of current offerings with higher grant amounts and the opportunity for renewable resources over a student’s educational life. We look forward to sharing these updates in the coming months. Applications for the 2021 Architecture and Design Foundation scholarships and fellowships will open in January.