Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship

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 Puget Sound.

Through a $5,000 grant, the scholarship supports travel for the purposes of research and for an exhibition in the Center for Architecture & Design.


AIA or Associate AIA members who have graduated from an accredited architecture program within the last 7 years.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have put our Travel Scholarship application process on hold until safer travel can resume.


The Fellows and Honors Committee awards scholarship funds based on proposals. Proposals should demonstrate the project’s creativity, feasibility impact and outcomes.

The Committee requests proposals from qualifying individuals highlighting their travel plans and outlining their area of study and investigation. The proposed travel and study program must address the built environment and have relevance and application to design issues faced by Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The scholarship recipient will be expected to return to Seattle and publicly present the results and content of their travel and study to the Committee and AIA Seattle members. Preference will be given to projects that produce a tangible product available to all local members, such as an exhibition, magazine article, program or publication.


The Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship is funded by generous contributions from Seattle-area Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIAs) and AIA members. Support the Travel Scholarship by making a contribution today!

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The Call for Submissions typically goes out in October, and proposals are due early in the new year.  The Scholarship winner is announced in February for travel between June and December of the same year. Final report and presentation are due soon after travel.


2020 Travel Scholarship Announcement

Emerging Professional Travel Scholarship Recipients

2020: Queena Yi Assoc. AIA – Cohousing (Not a New Idea, But…): A New Senior Housing Alternative
2019: Jaclyn Hensy Assoc. AIA and Tristan Walker Assoc. AIA
2018: Laura Bartunek Assoc. AIA – Because it Rains Exhibit
2017: Garrett Nelli Assoc. AIA – In The Public Interest Exhibit Archive
2016: Derik Eckhardt Assoc. AIA – Smarter Building Exhibit Archive
2015: Garrett Reynolds AIA – Living Small Exhibit Archive
2014: Stefan Kaiser Assoc. AIA
2013: David Dahl Assoc. AIA
2012: Sarah Snider Assoc. AIA
2011: Joe Mayo, Assoc. AIA
2010: Daniel Toole Assoc. AIA
2009: Cristina Bump Assoc. AIA