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Current Fellows


William Muschenheim Fellowship - Laida Aguirre

Laida Aguirre is an architectural designer and artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BA from Northeastern University and a Master of Architecture from California Polytechnic Pomona where she is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Architecture. She is the recipient of the Chapman Technology Award, the Dangermond Scholarship and the Richard Neutra Award for Best Graduate Thesis for her project 'Catalog Tectonics’. Through research and exhibitions her work examines the disciplinary periphery of architecture and attempts to extract covert systems of authorship. Laida’s work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Sebastian, New York, Berlin, Oslo and Stockholm. She is co-founder of the design studio Cartouche with Ariana Rubcic.

Walter B. Sanders Fellow - Steven Lauritano

Steven Lauritano is a theorist and historian of architecture and the visual arts.  He earned his doctorate from Yale University in December 2016 and is currently completing a book project on Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s conception of history, based on the Prussian designer’s experimental work with antique remains.  Lauritano holds an MArch from Princeton University and has spent time in the office of Reiser + Umemoto.  He is a former fellow of the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität and a recipient of the Carter Manny Award for Research, granted by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.  His writings have appeared in PerspectaPidgin MagazineCirco and 306090 Books.

Willard A. Oberdick Fellow - Brittany Utting

Brittany Utting holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University where she received the Sonia Albert Schimberg Prize as outstanding graduating woman and was awarded teaching fellowships under Peter Eisenman and Emmanuel Petit. She received a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating as Presidential Scholar and a founding member of the Shape Computation Laboratory, receiving the Presidential Undergraduate Research Award for her work on informal housing typologies. Currently, Brittany is practicing at Thomas Phifer and Partners and is a project designer on the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland. Previously, Brittany worked at Log, Journal for Architecture and on the forthcoming book Alberti Analogous. Brittany's ongoing research considers the evolving image of the home, its competing mythologies and ideologies, as an index of a society’s habits of living and production as well as a measure of a culture’s collective desires.

Urban and Regional Planning

Sojourner Truth Fellowship - Faye Nelson

Faye Nelson is the vice president of DTE Energy, and board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE. DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. A lawyer by training, Nelson has had the privilege of working in the community on a variety of transformational projects including the redevelopment of the Detroit riverfront and, in her current role, leading the Foundation’s strategy and investments in communities throughout the State in such areas as education/jobs, economic development, arts and culture and the development and sustainability of neighborhoods. Nelson formerly served as president and CEO of the non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the organization charged with leading the transformation of the Detroit riverfront. Under Nelson’s leadership, the Conservancy represented one of the most successful public-private partnerships that included foundations, corporations, the public sector and the community at large in support of the revitalization and sustainability of the riverfront.