The College of Environmental Design is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship and Harold Stump Memorial Traveling Fellowship winners, both of which are prizes for international travel and research awarded annually to Master of Architecture (M.Arch) students, ranging from $10,000 to $20,000.
Both Fellowships support independent travel in exploration of a particular architectural question or issue. Although the topic of research may optionally be expanded as a thesis, it is expected that the experience of travel will enrich the fellow’s design studies.
BRANNER FELLOWSHIP WINNERS:
Tristan Blackmore (M.Arch ‘19) – "Participation and Performance"
This project presupposes ornament as codification of tradition, and suggests that throughout its history, it has operated as a manifest script in the service of social law. Tristan Blackmore proposed to visit 14 cities in Morocco, Spain, Italy, Austria, France, England and Scotland (viewing 79 buildings), in which he will catalogue instances of architectural ornament that best represent the societal influence and wealth of the institutions whose patronage brought them into being. The proposed site visits will strive for a holistic view of the patrons in question by examining the economical, cultural, and symbolic implications and justifications of the chosen sites of ornament and their associated systems of production.
Emily Gallivan (M.Arch ‘18) – "Memento Mori: On Death, Permanence, and Burial"
The burial site is a marker of the most ephemeral thing, that of a human life. The structure by its nature is, then, concerned with the transience of life versus the permanence of death. Emily Gallivan’s project seeks to examine the question of permanence in architecture through the typology of the burial site by calling into question what it means to build a structure to commemorate an individual life that “lives” longer than the individual did. Using writing and photography, she plans to document sites in Japan, Vietnam, Egypt, Kenya, Ireland, France, Italy, Argentina, India and the U.S.
Kyungmin Hwang (M.Arch ‘18) – "Polychromy: Re-Coloring"
The use of color is one the strongest points of contention and dispute in the history of architectural design. Kyungmin Hwang’s proposal suggests that modern cities can be understood in the same context: Because of development and industrialization, urban environments have been changing to achromatic color. This project aims to classify positively and negatively colorized architecture in Asia, Europe and North America by visiting famous landmark sites, taking photos of them, and digitally altering the colors on monotonous buildings and muting colors from polychromic structures.
Lee Kuhn (M.Arch ‘18) – "The Indestructible Building"
While we often think of a building’s longevity in the context of sustainability and its energy impacts, but less often about the impact or effect that a building’s lifespan has on the world. Even if modified, recontextualized, repurposed or abandoned, the “indestructible building” continues to bear some mark of its designer. Lee Kuhn’s project proposes to travel to multiple sites that exhibit some characteristic of indestructibility, be it through physical strength or intangible protections, to develop a deeper understanding of how buildings achieve that status. Visiting cities in France, Nosnia, Herzefovina, Albania, Vietnam, China, Japan and cities in the US, the primary proposed work product will be a visual catalogue of identifying, characteristic, or contributing features of the indestructible building. Each entry will be composed of visual work produced on site comprised primarily of drawings and photographs combined with explanatory text.
Jonah Merris (M.Arch ‘18) – "Refiguring Ground"
Jonah Merris’ proposed research will focus on chosen works of architecture and landscape architecture from a variety of climates and cultural contexts that articulate an intentionally designed relationship with the ground. The proposed project’s survey methodology will survey typologies of designed figure/ground conditions among selected works, documenting intended ground conditions via architectural representation, and current environmental forces shaping the ground on site. Observations of the project site relationships in the field will be made by identifying creative agency of the ground vis-à-vis the built work. The outcome will be reconstruction of select works of architecture in the space of speculative drawing by visualizing a spatial imagination of the persistent ground. Merris plans to visit Singapore, Dubai, Turkey, Italy, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Iceland, Panama, Peru and cities in the US.
STUMP & BRANNER FELLOWSHIP WINNER:
Ryan Conroy (M.Arch ‘18) – "State of the Stateless: Domestic Architecture in Unrecognized States and Contested Territories"
The objective of this proposal is to investigate approaches to domestic architecture developed by way of political resistance, and assess the agency of architects to leverage political dissonance in developing a distinct architectural identity. Ryan Conroy’s proposal analyzes five pairs of places, both cities and regions, which have engaged cultural and political dissent to make new and provocative architecture:
- In Catalonia and Scotland, architectural heritage adds to the cultural divide fueling current secessionist politics, in turn producing a contemporary Regionalism.
- In Valaparaíso and São Paulo, schools developed radical pedagogies in defiance of their respective totalitarian states, proposing a lighter occupation of space in a time of tabula rasa urban development.
- In San Francisco and Florence, proposals and installations from radical art groups challenged normative building practices, producing disruptive forms of domesticity.
- In Sri Lanka and Western India, both nations developed opposing approaches to vernacular architecture in the wake of colonialism.
- In the suburbs of Paris and Jerusalem, a nation-building campaign encounters resistance from unsettled populations in contested territories.
State of the Stateless is a proposal to research the architecture birthed from conflict: this proposal ultimately looks at the ways which architects have leveraged political identity to produce notably distinct design.
About the Fellowships:
The John K. Branner Fellowship was established in 1969 for the purpose of maintaining and providing traveling fellowships to outstanding students of architecture at CED. Since the fund was established, there have been a total of 187 Branner Fellows. The fellowship fund is named for John Kennedy Branner, a prominent Bay Area architect of the early 20th century and the elder son of Stanford University’s second president, John Casper Branner. After completing his degree in architecture at Columbia University, Branner pursued travel and study in Europe, which he believed was formative to his development as a designer. Upon returning to San Francisco, Branner maintained a successful practice specializing in residential architectural design for 46 years. His principal works include Stanford Stadium, numerous residences in Hillsborough, Palo Alto, and Woodside, several fraternity houses at Stanford, and the Mein Estate in Woodside.
The Harold Stump Memorial Traveling Fellowship enables an outstanding architectural graduate to spend up to four months exploring significant architectural monuments in Europe and other parts of the world. The student is encouraged, through independent travel to achieve a greater understanding and appreciation of the art and architecture that has influenced the architectural profession throughout history.