San Diego CA, June 30, 2016 – NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) hosted its 31st annual commencement ceremony Saturday, June 25 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in San Diego, Calif. The class of 2016 celebrated 128 students who completed or will complete their degree requirements from its Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design, Interior Design, Construction Management and Digital Media Arts programs.
“My fellow graduates, we have learned a lot over the past 3 years,” said Stephen Graham of Round Rock, Texas, Graduate Student Speaker and recipient of a Master of Architecture. “One of the hardest aspects of this program to get used to, was the criticism… 3rd year is when we all grew into our own voices. We learned how to apply criticism, rather than combatting the tone or the manner in which it was given.”
NewSchool also welcomed commencement speaker Dr. Phillip Alvelda, the founding CEO of MobiTV, the world’s leading provider of live TV over mobile networks Program Manager at DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office and the founding Chairman of The Westminster Institute for Science Education, a 501C3 organization that helps K-12 schools extend STEM education placing emphasis on creativity and innovation. In addition to Graham and Dr. Alvelda, Harpreet Basi, of Sanger, California, spoke as the undergraduate speaker.
Also, during the ceremony, graduates and staff members were recognized with special awards.
Henry Adams Medal and Certificate
The American Institute of Architects awards the prestigious Henry Adams Medal to the top-ranking graduating student in each National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited Architecture program. A Certificate of Merit is also awarded to the second-ranking graduating student recognizing their excellence in architecture. This year’s recipients of the Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit are:
· Nick Wilson, of San Diego, California, Undergraduate, Architecture, Henry Adams Medal
· Conor Brown, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Graduate, Architecture, Henry Adams Medal
· Amanda Wynne, of San Diego, California, Undergraduate, Architecture, Henry Adams Certificate of Merit
· Max Magac, of Shasta, California, Graduate, Architecture, Henry Adams Certificate of Merit
Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Since 1931, the Alpha Rho Chi Medal recognizes graduating architecture students for their leadership and service and for what they have to offer to the future of the profession with the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. This year’s recipient is:
· Harpreet Basi, of Sanger, California, undergraduate student
Outstanding Design Award
Evolved from the “Designer of the Year” award, the Outstanding Design Award is one of NewSchool’s oldest student awards. The award is unique as it focuses on design and is looked at as innovative or very accomplished. Any work associated with the award is looked to be of the highest possible visual and material quality. This year’s recipients are:
· Anina Varghese, of Kerala, India, Undergraduate, Architecture
·Megan Power, of Victoria, British Columbia, Undergraduate, Interior Architecture and Design (Domus Academy)
·Meghan Golden, of Boston, Massachusetts, Undergraduate, Interior Architecture and Design (Domus Academy)
· Conor Brown, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Graduate, Architecture
The following student is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Student Award:
· Amanda Schilling, of Apple Valley, California, Undergraduate, Construction Management
The following faculty member is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award:
· Daniel Manlongat, Contributing Faculty, Undergraduate and Graduate Architecture
For more information on NewSchool of Architecture & Design’s 31st Annual Commencement Ceremony please contact Rachael Lighty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About NewSchool of Architecture & Design:
Located in downtown San Diego, NewSchool prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real-world projects. Programs of study include architecture, construction management, product design, media design, game development, design studies, and interior architecture & design. The school’s design environment provides inspiration for the school’s students and faculty, recognized for their work regionally and internationally. NewSchool is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission.
NewSchool’s Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NewSchool is a member of the Laureate International Universities network – a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries. Through this network, students at NewSchool are prepared to work in a global and diverse work environment through the school’s collaborations with sister institutions in the Laureate network, including award-winning schools such as Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. For more information about Laureate International Universities, visit www.laureate.net.