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Schiff Foundation Fellowships

The Schiff Fellowship was founded in 1988 with a generous endowment from Harold Schiff for the purpose of supporting young architects.

The Schiff Foundation Fellowship, first granted in 1989 and administered by the Department of Architecture of the Art Institute, is given annually to one student from either the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, or The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The winning student's portfolio becomes part of the permanent collection of architectural drawings housed within the Ernest R. Graham Study Center for Architectural Drawings.

The Schiff Foundation Fellowship, first granted in 1989 and administered by the Department of Architecture of the Art Institute, is given annually to one student from either the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, or The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The winning student's portfolio becomes part of the permanent collection of architectural drawings housed within the Ernest R. Graham Study Center for Architectural Drawings. 

The four person, independent jury changes every year. Jury members evaluate the submissions, — which are the portfolios of the students' regular school work — select the winner, then determine the amount of the award. The yearly cash award ranges from $5,000 to $15,000. Some students have used the money to travel, pay for college expenses, prepare for state licensing exams, or purchase equipment needed for practicing the profession.

In 2005, the Architecture Department initiated a new fellowship that awards $5,000 to a Chicago-area graduate student for writing a critical and/or analytical essay about the built environment. The goals of the Schiff Foundation Critical Architectural Writing Fellowship are to: (1) promote critical thinking and writing skills among advanced students of architecture and related fields; (2) encourage the development of courses related to architectural writing within Chicago schools and universities; (3) encourage interdisciplinary courses within Chicago universities; and (4) provide economic support and practical experience for students who may wish to pursue architectural journalism or criticism as a professional goal.

Harold Schiff was a founding partner of the construction company Schal Associates, the firm that built such notable skyscrapers as the Chicago Board of Options Exchange by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (1981) and 200 South Wacker Drive by Harry Weese and Associates (1981). Although born, raised, and educated in New York (earning his degree as a civil engineer from Columbia University in 1950), his work there through the mid-seventies for Morse Diesel and a variety of other firms eventually led him to Chicago where he opened Schal Associates with Richard Halpern. In a generous gesture to support young architects and give back to the city where he established his successful career in construction management, Harold Schiff gave a substantial gift to the Department of Architecture at the Art Institute to endow the Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Architecture.

Schiff Winner 20132013

Design Fellowship

Evgeniya Plotnikova, $15,000
University of Illinois at Chicago

Writing Fellowship

Kathryn Loeb, $5,000
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jury

Sara Beardsley, senior architect, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Chris Bentley, midwest editor, The Architect's Newspaper
Weston Walker, architect, Studio Gang



2012

Design Fellowship

Fa Likitswat, $15,000
Illinois Institute of Technology

Writing Fellowship

Yaniv Ron-El, $5,000
The University of Chicago

Jury

Lee Bey, executive director of the Chicago Central Area Committee and architecture writer/on-air contributor at WBEZ
Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times
Patricia Saldaña Natke, architect and founding partner of UrbanWorks
Brian Strawn, architect and founding partner of Strawn.Sierralta


20112011

Design Fellowship

Eric Cheng, $15,000
Illinois Institute of Technology

Writing Fellowship

Brynn Hatton, $5,000
Northwestern University

Jury

Zurich Esposito, executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter
Brian Lee, design partner at SOM Chicago
Susanne Schnell, executive director of Archeworks
Alice Twemlow, chair of the Design Criticism Program at the School of Visual Arts, New York


2009/20102009/2010

Design Fellowship

Meghan Funk and Nicholas Krause, $15,000
University of Illinois at Chicago

Writing Fellowship

Alec Lisec, $5,000
University of Illinois at Chicago

Jury

Paul Florian, principal at Florian Architects
Ruth Lopez, Chicago-based arts journalist
Jordan Mozer, principal at Jordan Mozer and Associates
John Vinci, principal at Vinci | Hamp Architects


2008

Design Fellowship

Sung Suk Yoo, $25,000
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jury

Erik Hemingway, architect, Hemingway+A/Studio
Thomas Jacobs, principal, Krueck & Sexton Architects
Florencia Pita, principal, Florencia Pita Mod
Philip Berger, writer, Time Out


2007

Design Fellowship

Luis Palacio, $25,000
University of Illinois at Chicago

Writing Fellowship

Taylor Lowe, $10,000
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
His essay, titled "Mies-taken Significations: Polemical Gestations and Gestures of Crown Hall," addresses Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's "haunted" Crown Hall.

Jury

Sarah Herda, director, Graham Foundation
Adrian Smith, architect, Smith & Gill
Avram Lothan, architect, Destefano + Partners, LTD
Neil DeNari, architect, NMDA, Inc.
Ned Cramer, editor in chief, Architect Magazine


2006

Design Fellowship

Insun Cho, $25,000
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Writing Fellowship

Michael Hanley, $10,000
University of Illinois at Chicago
His essay, titled "Sustainable Chicago: Moving beyond the Green Roof," addresses the need for a comprehensive, practical, and effective vision for sustainability in Chicago.

Jury

Robert Ivy, editor in chief, Architectural Record
Ernest Wong, landscape architect, Site Design
Linda Searl, architect, Searl and Associates
Ralph Johnson, principal, Perkins + Will
Sarah Whiting, Princeton University


2005

Design Fellowship

Ananth Robert Sampathkumar, $25,000
Illinois Institute of Technology

Writing Fellowship

Zachary White, $10,000
Illinois Institute of Technology
His essay, titled "A Vital Mess: Rem Koolhaas's Irreverent Love for Mies," addresses the design of IIT's new campus center.

Jury

Julie Snow, architect, Julie Snow Architects
Ross Wimer, architect, Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill
Edward Lifson, arts editor at Chicago Public Radio and host of Hello Beautiful
Cal Lewis, chair of the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University
Blair Kamin, architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune


2004 2004

Grant Gibson, $25,000
University of Illinois at Chicago

Jury

Dianne Harris, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Landscape Architecture
Carol Ross Barney, Ross Barney and Jankowski, Chicago
Carlos Jimenez, Rice University, Houston
Thomas Fisher, University of Minnesota, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture


2003 2003

Tristan d'Estree Sterk, $25,000
School of the Art Institute

Jury

Celeste Adams, director, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Joseph Burns, engineer, architect, Thornton-Tomasetti
Melinda Palmore, architect, 3-D Studio
Reed Kroloff, architect and critic


2002

Zane Karpova, $30,000
University of Illinois at Chicago

Jury

Hiroshi Ariyama, vice president, Hirano Design International
Christoph Ingenhoven, architect, Ingenhoven, Overdiek, and Partner
Bob Kleinschmidt, principal, Powell/Kleinschmidt Interior Architecture
Elana Saltzman, Department of Design and Construction, Art Institute of Chicago
Cynthia Weese, dean, School of Architecture, Washington University


2001 2001

Jeff Morgan, $25,000
University of Illinois, Chicago

Jury

Nada Andric, architect, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Peter Hales, Department of Architecture and Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago
Brad Lynch, architect, Brininstool & Lynch
Elizabeth Smith, chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art


2000 2000

Rusty Smith, $13,689
School of the Art Institute

Jury

Lee Bey, architecture critic, Chicago Sun-Times
Kathy Cattong, director, The Arts Club of Chicago
Kathryn Quinn, architect
Nicholas Weingarten, J.D. Edwards Company


1999 1999

Naotami Yasuda, $15,000
Illinois Institute of Technology

Jury

Kathryn H. Anthony, School of Architecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Eva Maddox, Eva Maddox and Associates
Judith McBrien, Perspectives
Patricia Saldana Natke, Urban Works Institute


1998 1998

John Joyce, $12,000
University of Illinois, Chicago

Jury

Roula Alakiotou, Roula Associates Architects
Ralph Johnson, Perkins & Will
Linda Krause, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Stephen Senott, Lake Forest College


1997 1997

Jeffrey Paul Nelson, $10,000
University of Illinois, Chicago

Jury

Prof. Karen Connelley, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Pauline Saliga, executive director of the Society of Architectural Historians
Prof. Thomas Gordon-Smith, University of Notre Dame
Joseph Valerio, Valerio Dewalt Train


1996 1996

James N. Hall, $10,000
Illinois Institute of Technology

Jury

Prof. Dennis Doordan, University of Notre Dame
Blair Kamen, architecture critic, Chicago Tribune
Carter H. Manny, director emeritus, Graham Foundation
Prof. Katherine Taylor, University of Chicago


1995

Susan Patenaude, $10,000
University of Illinois, Chicago

Jury

Prof. Sidney Robinson, University of Illinois, Chicago
Linda Searl, Searl and Associates
Richard Solomon, director, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Prof. Duncan Stroik, University of Notre Dame


1994

Rodrigo de Mendoza, $18,000
Illinois Institute of Technology

Jury

Deborah Doyle, Doyle and Associates
Thomas Beeby, Hammond, Beeby and Babka
Alice Sinkevitch, executive director, AIA
Stanley Tigerman, Tigerman McCurry Architects


1993

Dong Huy Kim, $10,000
School of the Art Institute

Jury

Prof. Ross Miller, director, CIAU
Eugene Asse, architect from Moscow
Paul Florian, Florian-Wierzbowski
John Vinci, The Office of John Vinci


1992

Natascha Maria Kraut, $10,000
Illinois Institute of Technology

Jury

Prof. Franz Schulze, Lake Forest College
Prof. Sally Chappell, DePaul University
Ben Weese, Weese Langley Weese
Ronald Krueck, Krueck and Sexton


1991

Mark McKinney: First Prize, $10,000
University of Illinois, Chicago

Tracy Bender: Honorable Mention, $2,000
School of the Art Institute

Matthew Kupritz: Honorable Mention, $2,000
University of Illinois, Chicago

Arden Freeman: Commendation, $1,000
Illinois Institute of Technology

Jury

Prof. Kevin Harrington, Illinois Institute of Technology
Darcy Bonner, Himmel-Bonner
Daniel Wheeler, Wheeler-Kearns
Prof. David van Zanten, Northwestern University (cancelled)


1990

Keith Green: First Prize, $8,000
University of Illinois, Chicago

Hyeon-Mi-Cho: Second Prize, $4,000
School of the Art Institute

Jury

Margaret McCurry, Tigerman McCurry Architects
Steven Wierzbowski, Florian-Wierzbowski
Prof. Robert Bruegmann, University of Illinois, Chicago
Jack Perry Brown, director of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute


1989

Martin Lockwood-Bean
and
Michael Markham, $5,000 each
University of Illinois, Chicago

Jury

Prof. Neil Harris, University of Chicago
Dr. David Mickenberg, director, The Block Gallery, Northwestern University
Laurence Booth, Booth-Hansen
Gerald Horn, Holabird & Root