Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship
Advancing the Education of Young Architecture Graduates and Emerging Professionals through Foreign Travel-Study
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 in 2007 was established to honor the families and architectural traditions of William Brooks Cavin, Sr. and William Brooks Cavin, Jr., FAIA. For more than a decade, the Cavin family continues to remain involved in the mission of the Fellowship The spirit and format of this design-based competition format of the Cavin Fellowship was inspired by those of the Rotch and Rapson Traveling Study Fellowships to offer travel-study opportunities to West Coast scholars.
Through this competition and the discussion that is fostered by it among its jury members, the young pracitioners and recent graduates who compete in it, and the universities that they represent, the fellowship continues to nurture design in architecture and to promote a further understanding of resource sustainability in the world.
UPDATE: REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR 2020 CAVIN FAMILY TRAVELING SCHOLARSHIP: APRIL 2nd, 2020
(Jan. 31, 2020) For more than a decade, the Cavin Family Traveling Fellowshup has been awarded to recent architecture graduates to give them the opportunity to independently travel abroad to study architecture.
This year's fellowship will award $15,000 for 10 weeks of travel and research, the theme of which is to be directed by the recipient.
The awarding of the fellowship is the result of a two-stage design competition held in April. It is eligible for recent graduates (Class of 2020) and early-career professionals up to the age of 35 from the architecture programs of Cal Poly Pomona and the University of Oregon.
2020 Cavin Schedule
February 1st - Registration Opens
April 3rd - 8th - First Round Charrette
May 1st - FInal Round, Presentations, Awards, and Reception*
(* please note: due to Cal Poly Pomona's response to the COVID-19 pandemic - The Fellowship's reception and finalist presentations have been cancelled. These will be replaced by an online presenation by the cadidates on the previously scheduled day, May 1st. Additionally the required period of travel for the fellowship will be ammended for 2020 to allow time for travel restrictions to be lifted.)
Katie Myhre, AIA Receives 2019 Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship
Katie Myhre, AIA recieves 2019 Cavin Traveling Fellowship
(June 13, 2019) With the Cavin Fellowship, Ms. Myhre traveled in Japan over the summer, using Kyoto as a home base. As an adjunct instructor in the undergraduate architecture program at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Myhre often references the work of Japanese architects, but sought a deeper understanding through travel to inform her teaching and design work. While in Japan she explored how the legibility of materials, structure, wayfinding and craft yields a quiet architecture within a community.
Katie Myhre holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Interior Design from Iowa State University and a Master of Architecture and Ecological Design Certificate from the University of Oregon. She is a LEED accredited professional and aided in the certification of the Lewis Integrative Science Building at the University of Oregon, the first higher education laboratory to receive LEED Platinum designation in the state.
Visit Katie's travel blog to see more:
To advance the education of young architecture graduates through foreign travel-study.
The Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship Fund was established in 2002 as part of the California Community Foundation. In 2006 the Pasadena & Foothill AIA Chapter established a Fellowship Secretary, Cal Poly Pomona Professor Emeritus Patrick Sullivan FAIA, to administer the intitial years of the Fellowship. Following professor Sullivan's passing in 2011, the fellowship was presided over by Cal Poly Pomona Professor of Architecture, Kip Dickson. In 2015 leadership and administration of the Cavin Fellowship was passed on to its current secretary, the 2008 recipient of the award, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Robert Alexander. The initial awarding of the Fellowship was to University of Oregon Alumnus, Mark Chenchin in 2007.
On the basis of a juried design competition, this endowed Fellowship annually awards a promising architecture graduate or practitioner who has graduated from the University of Oregon or from Cal Poly Pomona $12,000 to advance their education in architecture through ten weeks of self-devised foreign travel, research, and study.
Friends & Acknowledgements
The Cavin Family Travelling Fellowship has been positively influenced by the missions and formats of the Rotch Traveling Scholarship and the Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship.
The Department of Architecture and the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona have agreed to help facilitate the mission of the Fellowship through alumni contact and maintenance and preservation of all Scholar journals for use by the general public at the archives of the College.