Mitchell Travel Grant


2019 Recipient – Zahra Hassanipour

Enjoy this presentation by Zahra Hassanipour about her travels to Singapore. Zahra is the 2019 recipient of the Elizabeth Mitchell Travel Grant. By exploring notions of scale from the individual person to the collective vision of a large metropolis, Zahra examines concepts of sustainability in architecture and urban planning through the lens of her travels to Asia’s Garden City, Singapore.

The presentation was given on July 21, 2020.

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.

For more information, please click on one of the following links:



About Elizabeth Mitchell, Honorary AIA

Elizabeth Mitchell

This scholarship program was created by members and friends of AIA Utah to recognize Elizabeth Mitchell, Hon. AIA, Executive Director, 1990-2011.

As Executive Director and an AIA leader, Elizabeth Mitchell focused particularly on community design, sustainable design education, and on the Institute’s obligation to first serve members. She was awarded Honorary AIA designation, the highest award given to non-architects, by the Institute in 2007.

Upon Elizabeth Mitchell’s retirement, national AIA sent the following citation: “… (We present this award) in recognition of her exemplary service to the members of AIA Utah, the Council of Architectural Component Executives, and as a member of the Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects. Former CACE President and Chair of the AIA’s Livable Communities Committee, beloved by the Institute’s national staff and a champion of the art of leadership, her career demonstrates that when softly spoken words are backed up by compassion and intelligence, a big stick is not necessary to get results.” President Clark Manus, FAIA


AIA Utah, a Chapter of The American Institute of Architects: Friends of Elizabeth Mitchell Travel Grant contributors

ajc architects

Alder Sales Corporation

Architectural Nexus

Babcock Design Group

BHB Consulting

Big-D Construction

Bradley Gygi Architect


Colvin Engineering

EDA, Inc. Architects

FFKR Architects

GSBS Architects

Hogan Construction

Hughes General Contractors

JRCA Architects

Lloyd Architects

MHTN Architects

Elizabeth Mitchell, Hon. AIA

Okland Construction

Prescott Muir Architects

Reaveley Engineers

Sparano + Mooney Architecture

Utah Masonry Council

VCBO Architecture

Burtch W. Beall Jr., FAIA

David Hart, FAIA

Robert Herman, FAIA

Kristin Hill, Assoc. AIA

Stanley Kane, AIA

Jim Lohse, AIA

Richard Lowe, AIA

Adam Mow, AIA, Esq.

Stephen Smith, FAIA

Michael Vela, AIA