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2010-2011

Deadline: Saarinen Swanson Essay Competition

04/07/11
Art + Architecture Building

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. The competition seeks 1000-1500 word essays addressing contemporary critical discourse in Design and/or Urbanism. Essays will be judged anonymously. The fund secures $8000 per year; while the distribution of the fund will be at the discretion of the jury, a top prize will not exceed $2000 to encourage multiple winners.

Submission: Email AND Print PDF submitted to Laura Brown at laurajbr@umich.edu. The email must be submitted before midnight on April 7th. The Paper copy may be be submitted on or before April 8th, during business hours (9AM-5PM).
Themes: Contemporary Critical Discourse in Design and/or Urbanism
Length: 1000-1500 words (no longer than 1500 words)
Prizes: Up to $2000, distribution and denominations at discretion of the jury
Eligibility: Any Student at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Accepted Work: Original work is encouraged; however, any writing produced for courses is acceptable if appropriate to the theme, as long as it conforms to required length. Reworking for submission is encouraged.
Academic Integrity: This competition abides by the highest academic standards. Plagiarism is unacceptable.
Questions? Contact Laura Brown at laurajbr@umich.edu.
The winning essays will be announced before graduation (April 30) and will be submitted to Dimensions or Agora for possible publication in the following issue.

Last year's winners were:

Two awards of $2000 each:

  1. Essay 1, "Lessons from a Public Participation Session" by Oana Druta
  2. Essay 21, "Michigan Central Station" by Michael McCulloch
Two awards of $750 each:
  1. Essay 13, "Heart[h] of Dis.Course" by Micah Rutenberg
  2. Essay 17, "Effecting Social Change: Architecture as Servitude" by Lauren Jones


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