NewSchool and AIA San Diego Announce New Graduate Architecture Scholarship

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The AIA San Diego Graduate Architecture Scholarship will be awarded to those who embody the mission of the Center for Healthy Environments at NewSchool

NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Diego have announced a collaboration to launch the AIA San Diego Graduate Architecture Scholarship. The annual scholarship of up to $20,000 is geared toward the top architecture candidates who would like to pursue a graduate degree at NewSchool and who express interest in supporting the mission of the Center for Healthy Environments at NewSchool — which focuses on the fields of neuroscience in architecture, healthy urbanism and sustainable architecture.

The top AIA San Diego scholarship recipient each year will also be considered for a Research Assistant position with the Center for Healthy Environments, which will oversee NewSchool’s research activities as a member of the AIA Design and Health Research Consortium.

“We are pleased to collaborate with NewSchool of Architecture & Design for this graduate scholarship,” said Bastiaan Bouma, Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Architects San Diego chapter. “AIA recently named NewSchool as a charter member of the national Design and Health Research Consortium and we look forward to a continued partnership that supports the education of young architects and designers who strive to embody the concept of healthy urbanism.”

The national Design and Health Research Consortium, to which NewSchool was named a charter member, supports basic research on how design affects public health.

“This new scholarship, offered in conjunction with AIA San Diego, will further advance NewSchool’s commitment to encouraging the study of neuroscience for architecture and healthy urbanism,” said Kurt Hunker, Graduate Architecture Program Chair at NewSchool. “Courses and tracks on these topics prepare students to advise and act on policy change and architectural and design advancements for human and environmental health.”

NewSchool’s School of Architecture continues to be globally recognized for its forward-thinking professors, industry connections and inspiring campus community. NewSchool’s Master of Architecture program has been named one of the Top-30 graduate programs in architecture in the world by Frame magazine, one of the leading resources for graduate programs in the design fields.

The Scholarship Committee that will review submissions and make scholarship awards includes members of the leadership team of Center for Healthy Environments at NewSchool of Architecture & Design along with the Executive Director of the AIA San Diego.

The Committee is currently accepting submissions. For more information about applying, visit

About AIA San Diego:

The American Institute of Architects, San Diego represents nearly 1,000 members in San Diego County and is one of more than 20 chapters in California and among nearly 275 nation-wide. Founded in 1927, AIA San Diego has a long record of achievement supporting the interests of our members and our community through its vigorous advocacy for design, planning, sustainability, architecture education, professional development and civic leadership. For more information visit

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