The 2015 AIA Kentucky Scholarship (supported by matching grant funds from AIA National) was presented to Sarah Wagner. Click name for more about Sarah.
Sarah shares her background below:
I am a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and English at the College of Design. At the University of Kentucky, I consider myself fortunate to have had multiple opportunities to combine these two interests. I am currently writing a thesis with the Gaines Center for the Humanities that aims to integrate architecture and literature by using contemporary works of each to inform an interpretation of the other.
Last year, I was in charge of the planning and organization of the AIAS Midwest Quad Conference, an annual gathering of architecture students from Nebraska to Chicago. Almost 300 students came to Lexington for a set of workshops aimed at challenging traditional disciplinary boundaries and providing hands-on experience building and exhibiting group installations. The conference was a huge success, and Kentucky set a new precedent of possibilities for future Quad Conferences.
Kentucky has allowed me the opportunity to develop my own philosophy on architecture and design through the continuous and overwhelming support to pursue ideas and beliefs to their fullest, from personal projects to major events. I could not be more thankful for the University and the continual support of the AIA.