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2017 Saarinen Swanson Essay Competition Winners

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 Saarinen Swanson Essay Competition Winners

Established in 1994, the Saarinen Swanson Essay Competition Writing Fund at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning encourages strong writing as a medium to foster critical thinking and exposition among future professionals in architecture and planning.

Top Honors and an award of $2000 each was awarded to three essays:

  • Sophie Jantz (M.U.P.), The City is Built: The Politics of Informality
  • Scott Deisher (M.Arch), Swagger From the Front: Crisis and Criticism since 1980
  • Ali AlYousefi (M.Arch), An Architecture of Tasks

Honorable mention and an award of $500 each was awarded to two students:

  • Christopher Campbell (M.Arch), A New Era: Le Corbusier and the Revolution at Ronchamp
  • Xin En Theresa Chua (M.Arch), The Burden of the Thing: Notes on CMYK Obsessions

The competition guidelines asked for 1000-1500 word essays addressing contemporary critical discourse in design and/or urbanism.

This year the essays were judged by the following Taubman College faculty: Kit McCullough (Architecture); Julie Steiff (Urban Planning); Craig Wilkins (Architecture).