First awarded in 1989, the Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship honors Ralph Rapson, FAIA. The fellowship awards a $10,000 prize to the winner of a two-part competition to advance the recipient’s education in architecture through foreign or domestic travel-study under a theme of discovery.
This year’s competition was held March 19-24, 2015. The fictional program was to design a Great Place for the Common Good. This year’s jury members were Rosemary McMonigal, FAIA, Mic Johnson, FAIA, Bill Baxley, AIA Lucy Thompson, and Gregory Freeman. From 36 entrants, the jury chose five finalists who each presented their designs to the jury. Nat Madson, AIA was named the 2015 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship winner. Nat is planning an American road trip where he will use filmmaking techniques to explore and document the built environment.