Design students receive scholarships and awards at the 2022 Fay Jones School Awards Ceremony



Whit Pruitt

Dean Peter MacKeith, along with Ken and Liz Allen, stand alongside some of the 15 student recipients of the Ken and Liz Allen Award in Design, a new award this year as part of the Honors and Awards Recognition Program of Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.

The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design recently announced that nearly 90 students will receive scholarships and other awards through its 2022 Honors and Awards Recognition Program. This year, more than $270,000 – a 50% increase in monetary awards compared to 2021 – were awarded in the form of scholarships recognizing various aspects of student achievement in architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. The school held an honors reception and recognition ceremony on April 22 at Vol Walker Hall to celebrate these honorees.

“The Fay Jones School is committed to making its design degree programs both affordable and accessible,” said Peter MacKeith, Dean of the School, “and the ever-growing scholarship funds put available to our students are a testament to this ongoing effort. Our students are talented, hardworking and dedicated, and the generosity of our many donors and benefactors allows us to recognize this excellence in greater numbers. Congratulations to all of our scholarship and award-winning students, and a special thank you to our many donors and friends.

Many honors were bestowed in each of the three departments, while some honors were available to any student in the school. Some students have received multiple awards.

Students selected from across the school for recognition included:

  • Benjamin Ebbesmeyer and Matthew Wilson, both architecture and Honors College students, who were named Senior Scholars. This designation is for seniors who have graduated from the school with the highest grade point average.
  • Jared Davenport, an architecture and Honors College student who was awarded the U of A Presidential Scholarship. This is awarded to the student with a high academic record in the school.
  • Grace Shoemaker (architecture), Julie DePetris (interior design) and Kara Simmons (landscape architecture), who received the Pryor Award for Leadership in Architecture and Design. This award is given to rising sophomores who demonstrate superior leadership commitment, thoughtfulness, and vision in school and university, in honor of Senator David Pryor of Arkansas.
  • Kayla Ho, architecture and Honors College student who received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. This award is given to a graduating student who has demonstrated leadership, rendered voluntary service to the school, and demonstrated a promise of professional merit through attitude and personality.
  • Interior Design and Honors College student Isabel Provisor Lemery and Architecture student Kaden Catalano, both of whom received the HFA Designing with Technology scholarship. This award is given to progressing third, fourth or fifth year students who demonstrate the use and integration of technology in architectural and interior design through the use of illustration, planning and design. .
  • Lillyan Priest, landscape architecture student who received the Michael J. Buono Medal for Sustainability. This award is given to graduating students who have demonstrated the utmost concern in design studios, related courses, and the community for environmental, ecological, and energy conservation issues.
  • Riku Suzuki (interior design), Noah Berg (architecture) and Rebekah Crowley (landscape architecture), who received grants from the Professional Advisory Board. These are awarded to graduating students who demonstrate hard work, perseverance, dedication and potential for success in the profession. Berg is also a student at Honors College.
  • Enelyn Hernandez, an architecture student who received the Robert B. Norcross Endowed Scholarship in Design Excellence, a new award this year. This award is given to an architecture or interior design student in their second, third, fourth, or fifth year, with preference given to first-generation students from Arkansas or Tennessee.
  • Hunter Waters, a landscape architecture student who received the Peter L. Schaudt Memorial Fellowship for Collaborative Design, a new award this year. It is awarded to a student of architecture or landscape architecture entering fourth or fifth year.
  • Eugenio Mendoza, an interior design student who received the Andrew A. Kinslow and Russell W. Kirkpatrick Diversity Award for Design Excellence, a new award this year. This award is given to a second, third, fourth or fifth year student who demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ann-Wesley Banks (Interior Design), Eva Bwiza (Architecture), Chad Chamberlain (Landscape Architecture), Emily Chastain (Interior Design), Jason Cote (Interior Design), Rebekah Crowley (Landscape Architecture) , Raquel Gamboa (Architecture), Sofia Hickey (Interior Design), Medy Kepnga (Architecture), Matthew King (Landscape Architecture and Honors College), Jesse Light (Landscape Architecture), Maria Longo (Architecture), Jennifer Martinez ( architecture), Eugenio Mendoza (interior design) and Fiorella Sibaja (landscape architecture), which received the Ken and Liz Allen Award in Design, a new award this year. This is awarded to students with demonstrated need.

Notable recognition for architecture students included:

  • Benjamin Ebbesmeyer, also an Honors College student, who received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Medal for Academic Excellence. This award is given to the first-placed graduating student of architecture in recognition of academic achievement, character, leadership, and promise of high professional ability.
  • Matthew Wilson, also a student at Honors College, who received the Edward Durell Stone Medal. This award is given to the final year architecture student with the highest cumulative grade point average in design studio work.
  • Hannah Gray, also an Honors College student, who received the Barbara C. Crook Medal. This award is given to the graduating student who has achieved the highest course record in the Architectural Technology group.
  • Gabriel De Souza Silva, also an Honors College student, who received the C. Murray Smart Medal. This award is given to the final year architecture student with the best academic record in the study of architectural history and theory.
  • Nate Cole, also a student at Honors College, who received the Cyrus Sutherland Historic Preservation Alliance Scholarship. This award is given to a student who has demonstrated an interest in historic preservation.
  • Alexander White, also a student at Honors College, who received the Magar Family Award in Design, a new award this year. This award is given to a third-, fourth-, or fifth-year architecture student, with preference given to non-traditional students.

Notable recognition for landscape architecture students included:

  • Winifred Vanlandingham, who received the Verna C. Garvan Medal. This award is given to the senior landscape architecture student who, through their performance in the studio sequence, has demonstrated outstanding design ability.
  • Rebekah Crowley, who received the Judy Byrd Brittenum Cultural Landscape Award. This award is given to the student who demonstrates an interest in the study of cultural landscapes, including cultural sustainability, historic preservation, history and/or documentation of cultural landscapes.
  • Emily Booth, who received the Phillips Family Scholarship. This is awarded to a well-rounded student in the applications of landscape architecture.

Notable recognition for interior design students included:

  • Megan Paul, also a student at Honors College, who received the Interior Design Excellence Medal. This award is given to the top final year interior design student in recognition of their academic achievement.
  • Madison Shell, who received the Andrew A. Kinslow Interior Design Fellowship. This award is given to a third- or fourth-year interior design student from Arkansas who has an interest in commercial design and has a high grade point average.
  • Ally Lemons, Lacey Oxford and Isabel Provisor Lemery, who received the Interior Design Foundation Fellowship. This award is given to students who demonstrate academic achievement and show promise in the discipline. Oxford and Provisor Lemery are also Honors College students.
  • Angelica Williams, who received the William Stephen Lair Design Fellowship. This award is given to a second, third or fourth year student who demonstrates high academic standards and demonstrates academic promise.

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