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Awards / Undergraduate Awards

Leonard B. Willeke Portfolio Competition

Undergraduate students are eligible to enter the annual portfolio design competition sponsored by the Leonard B. Willeke endowment fund.

Portfolios are submitted anonymously and judged by a jury of Alumni Board members and Taubman College faculty during the annual winter business meeting. The award winner(s) will receive a monetary prize as reward for their outstanding portfolio design.

Wallenberg Studio Award

Raoul Wallenberg graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in architecture in 1935. In honor of his memory, the Raoul Wallenberg Endowment was established by the Benard Maas Foundation (David Engelbert, Director). In addition to gifts and matching gifts from the foundation, alumni also made donations to acknowledge Wallenberg's incredible courage.

Wallenberg's legacy is "architecture/design as a humane social art." During WWII, Wallenberg was responsible for setting up safe houses and issued "passports" that spared thousands from the concentration camps.

Each year the architecture program exhibits and juries the best work from the final undergraduate design studio. Awards, funded by the Raoul Wallenberg Endowment, are offered in the form of a stipend for international travel to a country of the student's choosing.

In establishing the travel award, it is hoped that students would engage in the country they visited, exploring architecture and culture, and would return with a broadened understanding of the world. Wallenberg was sent to America to a "public university" to have a similar experience.

Read more about Wallenberg Studio Program

Architecture Program Distinction

Program Distinction is awarded to an architecture student who has made a significant contribution to the college by a combination of exceptional academic performance and fostering community building activities within the Program.

For more information about Raoul Wallenberg and his family's search for him: The Wallenberg Curse – The Search for the Missing Holocaust Hero Began in 1945. The Unending Quest Tore His Family Apart (The Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2009)