Scholarships

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The Architectural Education Foundation, in partnership with AIA Colorado, offers traveling and professional development scholarships to support your educational endeavors and gain more experience.

Funding opportunities for 2021 are now open! The deadline for all opportunities is March 1, 2021. See all qualification information below and details on how to apply.

Licensure Advancement Fund

The Licensure Advancement Fund is a new initiative of AIA Colorado, supported by The Architectural Education Foundation, to help AIA Colorado Associate members experiencing economic hardship to continue on the path to licensure.

What can the Licensure Advancement Fund cover?
The fund can reimburse expenses related to the costs of achieving a license to practice architecture in the Colorado, such as:

  • ARE exam fees
  • Subscription to ArchiPrep, AIA’s premier online ARE prep resource designed to help emerging professionals get licensed faster
  • Initial application fee to establish an NCARB record or annual renewal fee for NCARB record
  • Licensing fee for Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) for newly-licensed architects

Member must show proof of payment to receive reimbursement. There is a maximum $500 total benefit per member (support can include multiple expenses).

Who is eligible for support from the Licensure Advancement Fund?
AIA Colorado Associate members on the path to licensure who are experiencing economic hardship. Members must be in good standing at the time of application.

Travel Scholarships

Rodney S. Davis, FAIA Traveling Scholarship
$4000

ELIGIBILITY

  • Available to undergraduate and graduate students for the study of architecture within or without the continental United States.
  • Preference will be given to AIA Colorado members.
  • Contact Davis Partnership Architects, P.C. at 303.861.8555 or visit the website for more information and to apply.

Florence G. and Arthur A. FAIA Fisher, FAIA Traveling Scholarship
$5000

ELIGIBILITY

  • For travel and study outside the continental United States.
  • Available to architects licensed by and residing in Colorado or faculty of College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado.
  • Available to graduates or students from accredited Architectural programs.
  • Preference will be given to AIA Colorado members, CU faculty and students
  • This annual award may be divided between 2 recipients.
  • APPLY

James M. Hunter, FAIA Traveling Scholarship
$2500

ELIGIBILITY

  • For travel and study in the western hemisphere to study the Architecture of the Americas.
  • Available to architects licensed by and residing in Colorado, or a faculty member in the College of Architecture and Planning.
  • Available to graduates or students from accredited Architectural programs.
  • Preference will be given to AIA Colorado members, CU faculty and students
  • APPLY

Vivian and Hobart D. Wagener, FAIA Traveling Scholarship
$6,000

ELIGIBILITY

  • For travel and study of the architecture of the world.
  • Available to architects under the age of 40 practicing in Colorado.
  • Available to graduates from accredited Architectural programs.
  • Applicants must show:
    • Demonstrated passion for learning about architecture in another part of the country or world
    • Ability to complete travel within one year of the scholarship award.
    • Willingness to attend and share the travel experience at the following year’s Hobart D. Wagener, FAIA, Award dinner
    • Preference will be given to applicants showing a strong design orientation. Some illustration of personal design experience is encouraged.
  • Preference will be given to AIA Colorado members, CU faculty.
  • Awarded annually; may be divided between two recipients
  • APPLY

Virginia E. and Robert K. Fuller, AIA Traveling Scholarship
$7,500

ELIGIBILITY

  • This award is restricted to the study of Architecture/Urban Design. Of the artifacts that we as architects can affect, few have a greater influence on the human condition than the communities we create. The intent of this award is to provide the recipient the opportunity to study and experience the diversity of man-made spaces and develop the skills to enhance the livability and humanity of our communities through design.
  • Available to architects licensed by and residing in Colorado, or a faculty member in the College of Architecture and Planning.
  • Available to graduates from accredited Architecture/Urban Design programs.
  • Applicants must show:
    • Demonstration of a passion for learning about communities to broaden and influence applicant’s design skills.
    • Ability to complete travel within one year of the scholarship award.
    • Willingness to attend an award program to receive the scholarship.
  • Preference will be given to AIA Colorado members, CU faculty.
  • Awarded annually; may be divided between two recipients.
  • APPLY

Academic Scholarships

Mike Kephart, AIA Scholarship

  • M. ARCH students
  • Should have interest or concentration in housing and urban planning issues
  • $1,000
  • One scholarship awarded annually
  • Complete the College’s Scholarship Application Packet and submit by March 1
  • Three Request for Recommendation forms from academic and/or professional sources
  • Established accomplishment academically and/or in practice to the profession of architecture
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Strong interest in housing and urban planning

Temple Hoyne Buell, FAIA Scholarship

  •  M. ARCH students
  • Must be entering final year of study
  • Award based on academic performance and merit
  • $2,500
  • One scholarship awarded annually
  • Complete the College’s Scholarship Application Packet and submit by March 1
  • Three Request for Recommendation forms from academic and/or professional sources
  • Include a statement of architectural background and potential for contribution to the profession
  • Applicants for this scholarship award may not submit applications to the Architectural Education Foundation, AIA Colorado for other scholarship awards or grants this year.

Priscilla C. and William. W. Muchow, FAIA Scholarship

  • M. ARCH students
  • Based on academic excellence, professional promise and contribution to the college.
  • $5,000
  • Award may be divided into two equal parts
  • Complete the College’s Scholarship Application Packet and submit by March 1
  • Three Request for Recommendation forms from academic and/or professional sources
  • Include a statement of architectural background and potential for contribution to the profession

Robert K. Fuller, FAIA Scholarship

  • M. ARCH students
  • Applicant must show established accomplishment either academically and/or in professional practice.
  • Financial need considered
  • $2,500
  • Award may be divided into two equal parts
  • Complete the College’s Scholarship Application Packet and submit by March 1
  • Three Request for Recommendation forms from academic and/or professional sources
  • Include a statement of architectural background and potential for contribution to the profession

De Von M. Carlson, FAIA Scholarship

  • BS. ARCH/B. ENVD students
  • Must be in their final year at the time of application
  • Must have completed an application to CU Denver’s M.ARCH program
  • $2,500
  • One scholarship awarded annually
  • Complete the College’s Scholarship Application Packet and submit  by March 1
  • Three Request for Recommendation forms from academic and/or professional sources
  • Submit a minimum of three (3) hand drawing samples with the application
  • Include a statement of architectural background and potential for contribution to the profession

C. Gordon Sweet, AIA Scholarship

  • BS. ARCH/B. ENVD students
  • Must show promise of contribution to profession/building industry
  • Based on performance, disadvantaged status and demonstrated financial need.
  • $2,000
  • One scholarship awarded annually
  • Complete the College’s Scholarship Application Packet and submit by March 1
  • Include disadvantaged status statement

AIA Colorado North Region Scholarship

  • B. ENVD students
  • Undergraduate in good standing
  • Student must be an AIAS member
  • Based on evidence of need and contribution to the College
  • Must not be the recipient of any other awards in the same year by Architectural Education Foundation
  • $1,500
  • One scholarship awarded annually
  • Complete the College’s Scholarship Application Packet and submit by March 1

Gary G. Landin, AIA Scholarship

  • BS. ARCH/B. ENVD students
  • Third-year continuing study in architecture option during the next academic year
  • Based on academic performance and merit
  • Financial need considered
  • $1,500
  • One scholarship awarded annually
  • Complete the College’s Scholarship Application Packet and submit by March 1

Oscar R. Sanchez, AIAS Scholarship


Kenneth R. Fuller, FAIA Scholarship

  • BS. ARCH/B. ENVD students
  • Undergraduate student entering the Master of Architecture program at the CU Denver
  • Applicant must enter graduate study in the summer or fall immediately following the award
  • Based on academic excellence, professional promise, and contribution to the college
  • $2,500
  • One scholarship awarded annually
  • Complete the College’s Scholarship Application Packet and submit by March 1

History of the Architectural Education Foundation

The Architectural Education Foundation, AIA Colorado was created by five devoted AIA Colorado members on 23, 1934 to “advance the interest of the profession of architecture in the State of Colorado.”

This special fund was established by Robert Fuller, FAIA, William E. Fisher, FAIA, George H. Williamson, FAIA, William Bowman, AIA and Fred Montjoy, AIA. Their vision for the Architectural Education Foundation was to create a fun that would award scholarships, grants and prizes to advance the profession.On December 18, 1944, the Trust Fund was transferred to AIA Colorado. Robert K. Fuller was designated its Permanent Trustee. On February 16, 1961, the Fund was incorporated as a separate, tax free, nonprofit corporation.

In 1961 the first scholarship was awarded by the Architectural Education Foundation, 27 years for the five founders’ originally created the fund.

Since the first $600 scholarship was presented in 1961, the Architectural Education Foundation, AIA Colorado has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants and other awards to more than two hundred-fifty students, architects and teachers.

Over the past forty years, architects, faculty members and students alike, have returned to school for study or have had a research project funded because they received assistance through the Architectural Education Foundation, AIA Colorado.

Donate to the Architectural Education Foundation

For questions about the fund or specific scholarships or grants, please contact Robert K. Fuller II, AIA at 303-333-3320.

If you are sending a donation or correspondence to the Architectural Education Foundation, please address to:

Architectural Education Foundation
c/o Robert Fuller, AIA
3320 E 2nd Ave
Denver CO, 80206


Past Recipients

2020 Scholarship Recipients:

Traveling

  • Hobart D. Wagener Scholarship recipient: Ben Burghart, Assoc. AIA
  • Arthur & Florence Fisher Scholarship Award recipient: Ming-Yi Wong, AIA
  • Robert & Virginia Fuller Scholarship recipient: Susannah Drake, FAIA

2019 Scholarship Recipients:

Traveling

  • Hobart D. Wagener Scholarship 2019 recipient:  Avik Guha, AIA
  • James M. Hunter Scholarship 2019 recipient: Gregory Hise
  • Arthur & Florence Fisher Scholarship Award 2019 recipient: Sheva Willoughby, AIA
  • Robert & Virginia Fuller Scholarship 2019 recipients: Meg Schubert Allen, AIA and Drew Allen, AIA
  • AIA South Annual Conference Scholarship 2019 recipient: Diana Esquivel, Assoc. AIA

Academic

  • Colorado North Scholarship awarded for study in environmental design at the University of Colorado – Boulder: Victor Gonzales
  • Garry G. Landin Scholarship awarded to fourth year architecture student: McKaelain Collins
  • C. Gordon Sweet Scholarship combined with Anniversary Scholarship to total $3,000 award to an architecture student at the University of Colorado: Ana Colon Quinones
  • Kenneth R. Fuller Scholarship awarded to a third or fourth year student in architecture, University of Colorado – Denver: Alec Stoltz
  • Michael Kephart Scholarship awarded to a student at College of Architecture, University of Colorado – Denver: Sarah Vanderpool
  • De Von M. Carlson Scholarship awarded for graduate study in Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado – Denver: Claudia O’Herron
  • William C. & Priscilla W. Muchow Scholarship awarded for graduate study in Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado – Denver: Genevieve Hampton
  • Temple Hoyne Buell Scholarship awarded for graduate study in Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado – Denver: Megan Cranston
  • Robert K. Fuller Scholarship awarded for graduate study in Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado – Denver: Shane Krenn

2018 Scholarship Recipients:

Traveling

  • Alicia Davis, AIA was awarded the AIA Colorado West Professional Development Scholarship to attend a CAD-1 Revit Architectural Fundamentals Class
  • Ryan Houser, Assoc. AIA was awarded the James M. Hunter, FAIA Scholarship to research Mexico’s healthcare infrastructure and design
  • Melissa Ford, AIA was awarded the Arthur A. & Florence G. Fisher Traveling Scholarship to study adaptive reuse concepts in Italy to inform decisions being made in Denver
  • Katie Finnegan, AIA was awarded the Robert & Virginia Fuller Traveling Scholarship to explore how Iceland’s architecture is influence by culture, materials and landscape
  • Max McCloskey, AIA was awarded the Hobart D. Wagener, FAIA Traveling Scholarship to study innovative learning environments in Scandinavia.
  • Diana Esquivel, Assoc. AIA was awarded the AIA Colorado South Annual Conference Scholarship to attend the 2018 AIA Colorado Practive + Design Conference

Academic

  • Mike Kephart Scholarship
    • Sofia Bruni – CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
  • Temple Hoyne Buell Scholarship
    • Rebekka Thy – CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
  • William C. & Priscilla W. Muchow Scholarship
    • Grant Johnson – CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
    • Stephen Edwards – CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
  • Kenneth R. Fuller Scholarship
    • Genevieve Hampton – CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
  • De Von M. Carlson Scholarship
    • Luke Enssle – CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
  • Robert K. Fuller Scholarship for Graduate Study
    • Intan Yokelson – CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
  • Oscar Sanchez Scholarship
    • Mariah Bowman – CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
  • Gary G. Landin Scholarship
    • BillieJo Deininger – CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
  • AIA Colorado North Scholarship
    • Madison Castello – CU Boulder Environmental Design Program
  • C. Gordon Sweet Scholarship
    • Kyle Burds – CU Boulder Environmental Design Program