Stargala Named Inaugural Yann Weymouth Scholar
Second-year graduate architecture student Laura Stargala (M.Arch. '20) has been awarded the inaugural Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship from the Architects Foundation.
According to a press release, the new scholarship recognizes a graduate architecture student who demonstrates exemplary work focusing on design that includes sustainability, resilience, wellness, and beauty. Stargala will receive $5,000 towards tuition and individual mentoring from Yann Weymouth for the scholarship year 2019–20.
Stargala's scholarship submission included design plans for three projects examining water pollution, historic preservation, and passive energy conservation. The historic preservation project incorporated Sibley and Milstein halls and was created for the spring 2018 architecture class Core Design Studio II taught by Associate Professor John Zissovici and Visiting Critic Dasha Khapalova.
The selection committee, which included Weymouth and Kenneth Schwartz (M.Arch. '83), who is a member of the Architects Foundation board, was impressed by Stargala's designs. "She communicated her work with restrained, clear graphics, showing how each design used the power of nature to create beautiful spaces for life, work, and play," said Weymouth, quoted in the press release.
The Yann Weymouth Graduate Scholarship was established in 2018 in Weymouth's honor. He is currently the design director for the St. Pete Design Group, a joint venture with Harvard Jolly Architects and Wannemacher Jensen Associates, in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has served as a senior vice president, design director, and worldwide design board member for HOK; and as chief of design for I. M. Pei on the National Gallery of Art East Wing in Washington, DC, and the Grand Louvre Project in Paris. The Architects Foundation awards several architecture scholarships and is sponsored in part by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).