AIA Seattle Announces 2016 Travel Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Derik Eckhardt, AIA, the 2016 recipient of AIA Seattle's Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, for his proposal, "Smart Buildings - How Do Emerging Technologies Make our Buildings More Intelligent?"

Intelligent buildings use a new generation of tools that leverage today’s data-rich environments to help create more capable, sustainable and conversable structures.  As this year’s recipient of AIA Seattle Emerging Professionals Scholarship, Derik will travel to Boston, Amsterdam, London, Abu Dhabi and Portland to research Smart Buildings. The buildings selected for research cover a broad range of smart technologies, ranging from environmental controls and waste water systems to unique user interfaces and advanced construction methods.  The case studies selected represent arguably the world’s smartest buildings, not only to the degree in which technology in embedded within the built environment, but also in the ingenuity with which that technology is harnessed.

Derik Eckhardt AIADerik Eckhardt AIA,
a designer at ZGF, is currently anticipating licensure. The breadth of his work has developed into an intentionally diverse portfolio. Most recently he has been working on higher education research facilities as well as urban design projects. His design approach focuses on the innate potential and physical qualities of construction. This attitude has developed out of a fascination for materials, technological advances in production, and a craft that articulates a sense of place. Derik holds a Bachelor of Design as well as an M.Arch from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. During his studies he participated in the University of Cape Town’s BAS (Honours) program in South Africa and also spent a semester studying abroad in Tianjin, China.

Derik will be recognized, along with our 2016 Fellows and Honorees, at an evening reception hosted by AIA Seattle on Saturday, June 4.

AIA Seattle’s Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship seeks to expand the experience and leadership opportunities of young professionals, encourage cross-cultural dialogue in the profession, and share knowledge from architecture practice around the globe with members in the Puget Sound. Through a $5,000 grant, the scholarship supports travel for the purposes of research.

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