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.

Denise Nugent, 2017 Cavin Family Traveling Fellowhip winner.

2017 Cavin Fellowship recipient Denise Nugent grew up in Torrance, CA and received her BARCH at Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 . During her time in college, she took part in the school's study abroad program spending a quarter in Taipei, Taiwan. She is interested in the origins and effects of privacy on the domestic condition and her travel proposal for this year’s Cavin Fellowship will explore the suburban areas of London, Tokyo and Buenos Aires, looking at how ritual, routine and habit influence standardized forms, and how cultural/social expectations manifest themselves into the domestic realm. She has previously worked for ROTO architects in Los Angeles and is currently a designer at Peter Tolkin Architecture in Pasadena.

Denise Nugent winning entry

Andrew Lords
Albert Escobar
Nick Venezia

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

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 12, 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:

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