Eligibility Requirements and Information

Deepen your insight into architectural design through travel

The Utah Center for Architecture invites Utah’s emerging and recently licensed architects to apply for the Friends of Elizabeth Mitchell Travel Grant. This $2,000 grant is to enable those early in their careers to expand their understanding of design by experiencing and studying architectural solutions in other places.

The Utah Center for Architecture is dedicated to connecting the public with the value of design. In keeping with our mission, we require recipients to make a public presentation about their findings and insights to which fellow professionals, students and the broader community will be invited. This travel grant is also an opportunity to sharpen one’s leadership, creativity, and presentation skills.

UCFA will work with recipients to share their study results through our website and other means.

The jury will base its decision on a number of factors including clarity of purpose, engagement with contemporary architectural issues, innovative ideas, and convincing strategy to achieve the goals.

 

Amount Awarded

Single award of up to $2,000. Funding will not be provided for academic classes or conference attendance.

 

Timeline

January 1 – February 15 proposals submitted

February 16 – March 31 evaluation period

April – winner announced during Architecture Week

Study must be completed by February 15 of the following year

Presentation of study and results will occur during Architecture Week of the following year. UCFA will secure a venue and market the presentation.

 

Eligibility

Applicant must be:
* A United States citizen or a permanent resident, and a resident of Utah for at least one year.
* An architectural intern or architect licensed by the State of Utah as long as he or she applies for this travel grant within eight years of graduating with an M.Arch or equivalent education approved by Utah for licensure.
* Employed full or part-time within the Utah architectural community for at least one year.
* If an academic, must meet above criteria, hold an architectural license, and engage in practice.

 

 Application Requirements

* Statement of Purpose (in approximately 1000 words)
   – Background information
   – Objective of study
   – Method/methodology
   – Scope of work
   – Deliverables
   – How the study impacts the public and increases awareness and excitement about the built environment
* Itinerary
* Skeleton budget
* Resume/CV for applicant. Include academic background, degree in architecture and date, and a brief outline of professional experience with roles in projects and/or firms.
* Two letters of recommendation: One from current employer indicating support for this opportunity; and a second from another individual. At least one of the letters must be from an architect member of AIA Utah. Each letter should attest to the applicant’s capability and professional promise.
* Optional: applicants may include additional supporting graphics and/or text to further illuminate the character and importance of the study.

 

Application Cost

 $25 to be submitted with application. Pay online or by check to the Utah Center For Architecture. Non-refundable.

 

Mentor

Upon award, the applicant may recommend at least one mentor or UCFA will assist recipients in identifying a mentor in the profession or academia to provide feedback on the project, make connections with professionals or institutions in the study location for local insights and support, and provide encouragement. The mentor(s) shall not be asked to provide any material support.

 

Public Presentation

The Utah Center for Architecture is dedicated to connecting the public with the value of design. In keeping with our mission, we require recipients to make a public presentation about their findings and insights to which fellow professionals, students and the broader community will be invited. This travel grant is an opportunity to sharpen one’s leadership, creativity, and presentation skills.

 UCFA will work with recipients to share their study results through our website and other means.

  

Creative Use of Media

Recipients may use any media to present their results, as long as this documentation is accompanied by a written description of findings and their value.

 

Selection Criteria

The jury will base its decision on a number of factors including clarity of purpose, engagement with contemporary architectural issues—particularly those in Utah, innovative ideas, and convincing strategy to achieve the goals.