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

2015 Competition Winner Announced!

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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