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Wallenberg Studio Reviews, Competition, and Awards Symposium

WALLENBERG STUDIO REVIEWS, COMPETITION, AND AWARDS SYMPOSIUM

The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning awards the Wallenberg Scholarships each year in honor of Raoul Wallenberg, B.S.Arch.'35. Wallenberg is credited with single-handedly rescuing over 100,000 Jews from Nazi persecution in Budapest, Hungary, during World War II. The traveling scholarship, established by the Bernard L. Maas Foundation in 1986, acts as a reminder of Wallenberg's courage and humanitarianism and is aimed at reflecting his ideals. The award gives undergraduate students the opportunity to broaden their study of architecture to include work in distant locations.

Public presentation of awards will be held in the A+A Auditorium from 3:30-4:30 pm followed by time to visit exhibit work and public reception from 4:30-5:00 pm in CMYK Galleries.

Competition Jurors:

Julian Bonder, Roger Williams University
Dr. Katerina Ruedi Ray, Bowling Green State University
Jonathan Solomon, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

About the Wallenberg Studios:
Raoul Wallenberg, a 1935 architecture graduate of the University of Michigan, has been called one of the 20th century’s most outstanding humanitarian heroes for his work in saving tens of thousands of Jews from death during the last days of the Holocaust. A citizen of Sweden, as a young man he traveled to and around the United States to obtain his formal college education and to experience a culture that, as his grandfather Gustaf Wallenberg saw it, would allow him to become “a citizen of the world.” He continued his informal studies after graduation working in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

 The Wallenberg Studio honors the legacy of one of our College’s most important alumni through an overall studio theme focused on a broad humanitarian concern, explored through propositions put forward by studio section faculty. Each year we ask: what is architecture’s relationship to the humanitarian; how does architecture take up a position in the world? In 2015 — through the framework of “Participation”— we explore how architectural interventions may participate in larger projects of social change, political activism, or cultural reform and how these propositions of the early twenty-first century might participate in the history of architecture’s disciplinary projects. Through architecture we are able to ask questions of the immediate physical present and the long history that created it.