Advancing the Education of Young Architecture Graduates through Foreign Travel-Study

Welcome to the Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship (CFTF)

The Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship Fund was established in 2002 by Brooks Cavin, III, AIA as part of the California Community Foundation.The initial award of this traveling scholarship was in 2007. The Fellowship intends to offer travel-study opportunities to west coast scholars similar to the Rotch and Rapson Fellowships. The Fellowship intends to nurture design understanding of resource sustainability in the world. The Cavin Fellowship awards will honor the families and architectural traditions of William Brooks Cavin, Sr. and William Brooks Cavin, Jr., FAIA. The Cavin family will remain involved in the mission of the Fellowship.

2017 Cavin Traveling Fellowship Competition is underway!!!

Registration is now closed. Competition is only open to registered users.

Competition information sent to entrants: Friday, March 17, 2017 5:00pm PST
Submission deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 5:00pm PST
Finalists Announced: Friday, March 28, 2017
Final Presentation and Dinner: Friday, May 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA
Cavin Fellowship Traveling Period: June-December 2017

2016 Cavin Fellowship Winner: Kyat M. Chin

The recipient Kyat M. Chin was born in Burma and moved to California when he was young. He attended high school and community college in Northern California before transferring to Cal Poly Pomona in 2010. This past spring, he graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BARCH. In addition to being awarded the Cavin Traveling Fellowship this year, Kyat was also the recipient of the 2015 L.T. Shanks Traveling Scholarship where he studied unplanned urbanism in Brasilia, Brasil. Since 2011 he has worked for Michael Rotondi at Roto Architecture in Los Angeles. Kyat’s travel proposal for this year’s Cavin Fellowship will take him to Europe to study the impact of walls and fortifications in historic town centers and cities.

You can follow Kyat’s travel and research here:

The Jury for the 2016 Cavin has convened and made their selections for this year’s competition, they are:

John Gutermuth
Makoto Shibuya
Minh Khoa LeDao
Kyat Chin

Thanks you so much for participating in this year’s competition. On behalf of the jury and the organizing committee, we were all deeply impressed by the entries to this year’s edition of the Cavin and we want to encourage all of you to participate again in next year’s competition. Thanks so much for all of your work.

best wishes,
Robert K. Alexander
Assistant Professor
Coordinator, First Year Design Studio
Secretary, Cavin Traveling Fellowship

2016 Competition Schedule :

January 8th, 2016 Registration Begins
Friday March 11th, 5:00 pm Registration Ends
Friday March 18th, 5:00 pm Competition Begins
Tuesday March 22nd, 5:00 pm Competition Ends
Friday April 1st - Sunday April 3rd Jury Convenes
Monday April 4th, Finalists notified
Friday May 20th, Final Jury Presentation and Dinner


The 2015 $12,000 Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship was awarded to University or Oregon graduate Alex Zelaya (Class of 2012). The final presentation took place on May 22nd in Los Angeles at Richard Neutra’s VDL House, and included presentations by the five finalists: Alex Zelaya (U of O), Alexander Dykes (U of O),Dylan Woock (U of O), Makoto Shibuya (U of O), and John Martin Tubles (Cal Poly Pomona) who received second prize.

Alex is Originally from San Francisco and moved to the Pacific Northwest to study architecture at the University of Oregon. After graduating in 2012, he began practicing at THA Architecture in Portland, Oregon. Alex currently helps lead the firm’s sustainable design committee, which dedicates its efforts to implementing sustainability into the office’s education and design process. The northwest region has influenced his approach as to how we can better integrate design with our natural environment. This landscape has also shaped his research interests. For the fellowship, Alex plans to study emerging directions in sustainable timber architecture in the regions of central Japan, Northern Scandinavia, and the alpine region of Europe. He hopes this research contributes to the case for wood as being a sustainable building material that reduces our impact on our world’s resources.

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