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.

2013 Competition Winner Announced!

The Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship is pleased to announce this year’s fellowship winner. Lauren Folkerts is a 2010 graduate from the University of Oregon Department of Architecture. Lauren is currently working for Mosaic Architects in Boulder Colorado. Lauren’s design submission was selected out of 4 finalists Friday April 5 in a formal presentation at the California Polytechnic University Pomona.

The jury appreciated this scheme first and foremost for its considerable sensitivity to the site. The plan resolution and the siting are very direct, yet result in a subtle scheme that feels as if it has always been there. The stone wall, which bisects the building lengthwise, has the quality of a found object, effectively anchoring the building to the site and unifying the spaces of the program. The curved geometry makes an enclosing backdrop for the activities on the south-facing public terrace, while diminishing the impact of the volume facing the mountain. And the entry gap dramatizes the experience of moving between these inside and outside realms. With an economy of architectural means, each element reinforcing the whole, this scheme makes a place that feels both inevitable and authentic.

The jury was impressed with the graphic clarity of the presentation, but was ultimately persuaded by a poetic and compelling oral presentation that revealed a fundamental attitude toward building and the environment fully resonate with the spirit and intent of the Cavin Fellowship.

2013 Jury:

· Andy Wilcox, ASLA Department of Landscape Architecture Cal Poly Pomona

· Dennis McFadden Architect Department of Architecture Cal Poly Pomona

· Ihab M.K. Elzeyadi, Ph.D., FEIA Department of Architecture University of Oregon

· Hofu Wu, ArchD, FAIA Department of Architecture Cal Poly Pomona

· Marty Borko Architect Principal Gensler/U of O Alumnus

Lauren plans to use the $10,000 first prize to travel throughout Europe.

Europe claims some of the greenest cities in the world. These cities continue to achieve dramatic cuts in CO2 emissions and fossil fuel usage. Lauren’s travels will take a critical look at these cities touted as the world’s greenest. She will explore how these buildings help achieve their cities’ sustainability goals and how they affect the people who live there. Her main focus will be on medium and high density housing looking at how these buildings help create personal identity within a larger community; how, in combination with surrounding public spaces, they work to create a stronger sense of community; and how successful they are at connecting people to the natural environment.

2013 Competition Program

About the University of Oregon
The Design Intelligence 2013 issue of America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools selected the University of Oregon’s architecture program as the nation’s number one program for sustainable design education. The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and research institution and Oregon's flagship public university. The UO is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of the 62 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada. The University of Oregon is one of only two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest.

Amy Pinkston, Operations & Communications Manager, Department of Architecture, University of Oregon

Karen Johnson, AAA external relations and communications,, 541-346-3603

Eric-Val Carbonnier, AIA
Department of Architecture, University of Oregon,

Kip A. Dickson, Architect, Professor, and Graduate Coordinator
Department of Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 909-869-2682,

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