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Practice : Spring 2012
The John Worthington Ames Scholarship Scholars come together to share experiences The Bo ston Architectural College proudly celebrates the achievements of our students and alumni. Since 1955, The John Worthington Ames Scholarship has provided one student, e ach yea r, with $10,500 to pursue s elf- directed study through travel. Eighteen Ames Scholars gathered to share the unique experienc e s that resulted from receiving the award. Board Chair Russ Feldman welcomed guests at Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge, MA where the alumni s chola rs sat interspersed with their BAC Trustees , Students and Educators. Each scholar present shared an Ames Scholarship experienc e a nd spoke about his a nd her current role in the design profe ssion. Elisabeth Carr-Jones ’93, President of Ca rr-Jones Inc., titled her two-month journey throughout we stern North America, Spirituality and Architecture. Her exploration wa s a n effort to understand the elemental links between humans and the natural world. Elisabeth shared, “The scholarship was a turning point in my life, giving rise to a diversification of my intere sts and priorities , a llowing me to look ‘outside of a rchitecture’ in a directed way and to apply my design training more broadly.” Gary Mendoza ’91, Principal of Alfa ro Mendoza and Company Inc., applied for the A mes Scholarship in 1991 while fully immersed in his thesis project, spe cifically to explore palimpsest— the rich layers of design and history accumulated on a particular site over time. Gary biked through cities in Western Europe including Florence, Verona , Pisa, Venice, the white-wa shed town of Vieste, Gargano, Puglia on the Adriatic Sea; Madrid, Toledo, C ordoba , Seville and San Seba stian, before traveling to Munich, Bavaria and Paris, to inform his thesis project. He c onc entrated on the obser vation of intera ction s within environments: streets, public plazas, and lobbies of civic spaces, in an effort to understand why some spaces worked so well and others did not, a nd to determine the complex and ever-changing phenomenon of when and why people come together in a spac e. Laurie Soave ’97, AIA, LEED was inspired to study architectural reconstruc- tion and art restoration after a series of e a rthquakes de va stated St. Fra ncis Ba silica in 1997. L aurie spent five weeks in A ssisi working on the restoration of the Ba silica to le arn fundamental principles, experi- mental strategies and new technological a pplications of restoration. She remained in Italy for an additional five weeks after the duration of her planned trip, intrigued by the importance of art and architecture in the shaping of a c ommunity’s social, c ultural a nd politica l life. She was joined by Catherine Bell ’95 to tour and sketch northern Italy. L aure is c urrently a Senior Associate at Bruner/Cott. Zach Craun ’09 was awarded the scholarship for his proposal to study adaptive re-use a nd urban design and elected to travel for three months through Spain and Portugal, visiting various proje ct sites and inter vie wing field experts. Subsequently, Zach presented his research at the Associa- tion of Collegiate Schools of Architect ure (ACSA) Urban/Suburban Identity Confer- ence. Z ach is currently a tea ching assistant a t Columbia University Gradu ate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. “The A mes schol arship supports students who wish to research a specific area of inquiry and provides the ability to self-direct learning, a critical quality for a designer,” offers Z ach. Ames Scholars in attendance at a recent reunion were: Ramsey Bakhoum ’03; Eliz abeth Carr-Jones ’93; Z achary Craun ’09; Paul Farrell, ’70, R A; Aaron Follett ’99; Otis Hathon ’76; John Ingwersen; David Jaquith ’69, RA; Gary Mendoza ’91; David Mullen ’85 AIA, Charles J. Nafie, Jr. AIA; Angelo Petrozzelli ’65 , AIA; Susann Schlaud ’01; Laurie Soave ’97, AIA, LEED; Peter H. Smith ’69 AIA; Jessica Vaverchak ’06, Assoc. AIA and Kenneth Zol on ’71. Zach Craun ’09 Gar y Mendoza ’ 91 a nd Lynn Mendoza Cathy Bell ’95 and Laurie Soave ’98 PRACTICE 39 ALUMNI NEWS ] THE JOHN WORTHINGTON AMES SCHOLARSHIP