2024 Willeke Prize Honors Distinctive Student Designs

Three undergraduate and two graduate students were honored with the 2024 Willeke Prize, the oldest and most prestigious award for Taubman College student architecture work.

The annual award, named after the late architect Leonard B. Willeke, recognizes design excellence and innovation through a portfolio competition. The competition is judged by Taubman College alumni.

The student designers illustrated distinctive and impactful conceptual structures set around the world, from Ann Arbor to Amsterdam to Africa. The winning portfolios include a movie theater reimagined for children, a community fire station using rainwater collection, and a cancer treatment center that connects users to nature.

Here are the winners, a link to their portfolios, and their monetary awards:

Willeke Prize Undergraduate Winners

First prize: Eden Boes, B.S. Arch ’24, $10,000, and Nathan Schuppert, B.S. Arch ’24, $7,000

Second prize: Yeon Lee, B.S. Arch ’24, $3,000

Willeke Prize Graduate Winners

First prize: Max Freyberger, M.Arch ’25, $12,000

Second prize: Diana Anda, M.U.D. ’23, $4,000

The Willeke Prize is judged by the Taubman College Alumni Council. The judging team for the undergraduate competition included:

  • Amy Gilbertson, M.Arch ’01, principal, Trivers
  • Chris Lanzisera, B.S. Arch ’99, vice president, Suffolk Illuminate
  • Evan Mathison, B.S. Arch ’01, principal, Mathison + Mathison
  • Andrea Springer, M.S. ’13, vice president, digital engineering solutions, CDM Smith
  • Jessica Toal, B.S. Arch ’05, principal and vice president, ASD-Sky
  • Jim Wild, B.S. Arch ’95. M.Arch ’97, founder, Gridwerk

The judging team for the graduate competition included:

  • Brian Adelstein, B.S. ’89, director, transaction management, Cushman and Wakefield
  • Larry Barr, B.S. Arch ’80, M.Arch ’82, senior principal, Quinn Evans
  • Whitney Kraus, B.S. Arch ’05, planning and design director, Compass Development
  • Lauren Leighty, M.U.D. ’11, principal, SmithGroup
  • Kristen Padavic, B.S. Arch. ’98, senior vice president of design, StoryBuilt
  • Mike Pukszta, B.S. Arch ’86, M.Arch ’88, co-director of global healthcare practice, CannonDesign
  • Katie Slattery, M.Arch ’03, principal, Quinn Evans