The John Stewardson Scholarship in Architecture 2014 113th Competition

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ohn Stewardson [1858-1896] was endowed not only with high moral principle but vigorous character, a gift for friendship and the power to create confidence — qualities which made him an inspiring example to the young members of his profession.  His tragic death in a skating accident, closing a career of achievement notable for so short a life, at once moved many admirers to found this scholarship in his memory, an eloquent testimony to the place he had won in the regard of the community.

“An Appreciation of John Stewardson, Architect.”
By Warren P. Laird, Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1891-1932.


The Managing Committee of the John Stewardson Memorial Scholarship in Architecture announces the competition for a $10,000 traveling scholarship.  The Committee will issue a design program and select a Jury of Award.  The winner will pursue the study of architecture in a foreign country[s] as approved by the Committee and is required to begin within one year of the award.  If the winner is not able to begin travel within one year of the award, the Managing Committee will award the prize to the designated runner-up.  He or she shall report experiences by one letter each month and by a summary report, presentation, and “evidence of scholarship” to be given prior to the awards dinner the following year.

Registration:  By 3:00 pm on or before: Monday, February 17, 2014
Competition Brief issued at 9:00 am on: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Competition Entry due by 4:00 pm on: Friday, February 28, 2014
Dates and times correspond to Eastern Standard Time

To be eligible for participation each candidate shall meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Expect to graduate from professional studies at an accredited collegiate school of architecture in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania leading to a degree in architecture the year of participation;
  2. Be an alumnus of one of the accredited colligate schools of architecture in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has graduated with a B.Arch within the past three (3) years and who is currently enrolled in an M. Arch program at an accredited colligate school of architecture within the United States leading to a second professional degree the year of participation;
  3. Be an alumnus of one of the accredited collegiate schools of architecture in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has graduated with either a B.Arch or M.Arch within the past three (3) years and is actively working at an architecture firm and pursuing their IDP requirements;
  4. Or be a intern working for an architect established and licensed within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who is registered with and actively pursuing their IDP requirements and has graduated with either a B.Arch or M.Arch from an accredited architecture program within the past three (3) years.

Those who have won the Scholarship are not eligible to compete again.

Complete registration forms (including entry fee and supporting documentation) shall be submitted by the candidate to the Managing Secretary on or before Monday, February 17, 2014.  Registration forms shall include all required information and shall bear the seal of a licensed Notary Public.  Incomplete registrations will not be accepted (or returned) and requests for refunds will not be considered.

The entry fee of $175.00 is due with the registration form.   Checks or money orders should be made out to the “Stewardson Competition” or “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania”

Approved candidates shall undertake the solution of a design program during a stipulated ten-day period as outlined in the schedule.  Candidates shall not receive any help whatsoever from teachers, students, employers, colleagues, or any other persons.  Programs will be issued at 9:00 am on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 via email; Submissions are due no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, February 28, 2014. Entries arriving after 4:00 pm will not be eligible for consideration – there will be no exceptions.

The jury will be made up of prominent academicians, architects and critics.  The Jury of Award will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

The Jury will choose one project, which ranks best in its judgment and will designate an alternate to fill a possible vacancy.  The Managing Committee may withhold award of the scholarship if it deems no candidates to be satisfactory.  Other stipulations of award may also apply.

To request a registration form, please contact John Hubert at:

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