The Lyceum Fellowship invites students to participate in this year's competition. Founded in 1985, the Lyceum Fellowship's mission is to advance the profession of architecture by engaging students in design and travel. The design programs are developed by leading architects and judged by insightful jury members. Prize money is targeted for travel grants during the students' academic study years, thereby directly influencing their studies:
2019 COMPETITION BRIEF
The United States is a country of immigrants with a long history of receiving new arrivals. In 1886, the statue of “Liberty Enlightening the World” was officially unveiled, and between 1892 and 1954 the Ellis Island Immigration Station processed 12 million immigrants in New York City alone.
Angel Island, in the San Francisco Bay, was home to the West Coast Immigration Station, which was built in 1905. Unlike Ellis Island, new arrivals were housed in barracks on the island under very difficult conditions, some for extended periods of time. Until the station’s closure in 1940, the island was seen as a mechanism to exile immigrants in geo-political limbo - there was never a Statue of Liberty welcoming them.
Channeling the spirit of its east coast counterpart, this competition presents the opportunity to propose a welcoming place of sanctuary in the form of a new arrival center on Angel Island for new immigrants as well as a place of reflection for past immigrants and the communities within which they now live.
Today, Angel Island is a California State Park offering a broad range of recreation activities for people seeking to escape the density of the city, while also offering historical tours of the old immigration and military facilities dotting the island. As described by the Park Service, most visitors to Angel Island find the Immigration Station to be a place of reflection—although for returning immigrants processed through the station, this experience can be bittersweet.
The competition aims to explore how landscape and architecture as sanctuary and refuge can be coalesced to develop a place of multi sensory contemplation and reconciliation. In broad terms, a sanctuary can be considered a place of refuge and protection, both in physical and psychological terms. People seek refuge in many forms and places; for some it is in the form of community, a gathering place, or some form of religious worship. For others, it could be a place for solitary contemplation and reflection. Some find refuge in music, art, or nature - others in meditation.
The Lyceum Fellowship competition welcomes submissions from students attending any accredited school of architecture in North America.
Lyceum travel prizes are intended to enrich a student’s academic experience.
The student’s entry may be completed independently or within a design studio under the oversight of a faculty advisor from the school of architecture. The submission must represent the individual work of the one student whether completed independently or within a studio
First prize: $12,000 for 3 months travel abroad
Second prize: $8,000 for 2 months travel abroad
Third prize: $4,500 for 1 month travel abroad
Citation—In the event a travel prize winner cannot travel, the Citation moves into the third prize category
Merit—Certificate of recognition
Program Author & Jury Chair:
David Darling Founding Partner, Aidlin Darling Design, San Francisco, CA
Joshua Aidlin Founding Partner, Aidlin Darling Design, San Francisco, CA
Jennifer A. Sweet Director, Lyceum Fellowship
Other Jurors TBD
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