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Wallenberg Awards Symposium

April 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm


Public discussion and presentation of awards will be held in the A+A Auditorium from 4:00 pm–5:00 pm followed by time to visit exhibited work and a public reception from 5:00 pm–6:30 pm in the CMYK Galleries.

The Wallenberg Awards are made possible through the generosity of the Benard L. Maas Foundation and recognize the best conceived and executed studio work by one or more Taubman College seniors. The funds are disbursed in the form of a stipend for international travel to a country of the student’s choosing. Wallenberg Award winners engage in the culture and people of the country they visit, exploring how these shape the experiential qualities of architecture.


Tobias Armborst, Vassar College / Interboro Partners
Yolande Daniels, Parsons School of Design / studioSUMO
Grace La, Harvard University / LA DALLMAN Architects
Jonathan D. Solomon, School of the Art Institute of Chicago / Forty-Five


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 over 100,000 Jews from death during 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 theme focused on broad humanitarian concerns, 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?

This year, to honor the memory of Raoul Wallenberg, we look to the methods of his mission in Budapest. Beyond his determination for justice and his proficiency with limited resources, Wallenberg’s real legacy lies in the fact that he acted. We celebrate his acts of improvisation as agents of hope, compassion and resistance. These spontaneous performances of creativity offer exceptional examples that speak to the deep connections possible between improvisational action, design, and human rights.

Acts of Improvisation invites students to embrace extemporaneity, invite risk, trust themselves, seek surprise, value process, ditch the manual, really listen, and make it up as they go along! 


April 28, 2017
4:00 pm