DIALOG Awards Scholarship to Diana Studer for “Restorative Play” – Design with Children in Mind
TORONTO, April 25, 2016 – In the opening paragraph of Restorative Play: Using Child-Centred Design to Revitalize Urban Spaces, Diana Studer warns decision makers, “we do not consider children as full citizens of our society with an equal right to public spaces and transportation… this leads to a lack of pride in our public spaces which can carry into adulthood”.
The Michael Evamy Scholarship selection committee was impressed with Studer’s proposal to consider children in the urban design process. Studer, a student at the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University, was recently awarded this year’s $5000 prize.
“Designing with children in mind is essential to creating vibrant urban environments, and the judges are confident that sponsoring Diana’s continued research in this area will contribute to this vibrancy,” said Donna Clare, DIALOG Principal and selection committee member.
Focusing on Copenhagen, Portland and Vancouver, Studer plans to study how cities can adapt to and serve the needs of children through urban design, and explore how children can be engaged in the schematic design process. She plans to apply the results of her research and travel experience to her thesis project, where she will design an urban school and family housing within downtown Victoria.
There were 12 strong submissions for this year’s scholarship. The judges awarded Dihua Wei, from the University of McGill, an honorable mention and a $500 prize for her outstanding submission, Literary Garden.
DIALOG established the Michael Evamy Scholarship Foundation to honour the memory of Michael Evamy, a partner instrumental in building its integrated practice from 1966 to 1993. The award provides financial assistance to a selected Canadian student attending a Canadian School of Architecture in the year prior to their final year of study, to undertake a specific research project based on their chosen field of interest. The intent of the study is to enrich and advance the candidate’s personal and professional experience and knowledge on a topic relevant to the practice of architecture.
The value of the Michael Evamy Scholarship is $5000. A secondary amount up to $3000 is available for project related expenses, including travel expenses, during the course of the investigation.
The next call for submissions for the Michael Evamy Scholarship will be issued in January 2017.
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