SCI-Arc Pave The Way For LA Architectural Dream

One lucky European student will be given the opportunity to study a masters in Architecture at the Southern Californian Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles thanks to the new European Union 2016 Scholarship that has been launched by the university.

The two year Master of Architecture programme (MArch 2) will have the full cost of tuition fees covered by the European Union 2016 Scholarship during the 2016-2017 academic year for a citizen of the EU, as part of a school-wide effort to bring together talented architects from around the world by financially supporting them with their studies. SCI-Arc are certainly no strangers to taking on students from outside the United States either, with over half of its student population deriving from over 46 different countries from around the world.

The new scholarship is aimed at students who already hold an undergraduate degree in architecture but are looking to further their education on the subject, and will give the successful student the opportunity to progress their career opportunities over to the United States, whilst using one of the largest university fabrication facilities in the US. These facilities will include an analogue shop, Robot House and Magic Box, which is a new digital fabrication facility equipped with 17 3D printers, two Computer Numerical Control mills and six laser cutters.

The new initiative will be led by Elena Manferdini, who is the chair of the graduate programme, and has been teaching MArch 2 for over 13 years. She said, “I know first-hand how a scholarship and the trust of an institution can change someone’s career. At 22, I came to Los Angeles on a scholarship to pursue a Master of Architecture degree. Twenty years later, I have built a career in this country; now, as graduate chair of one of the most prestigious architectural schools in the USA, I am proud to be able to give back and offer the same opportunity to another talented young architect to realise his or her dreams by receiving a full tuition scholarship to study at SCI-Arc.”

Manferdini will be aiming to engage European students with SCI-Arc’s culture of architectural innovation, she will be reviewing all applications for the scholarship alongside SCI-Arc Director Hernan Diaz Alonso and one more guest juror. The successful candidate will be accepted for the fall 2016 semester, with the deadline for submitting all of the materials for the SCI-Arc European Union 2016 Scholarship is 30th June 2016, and the cost of applying priced at £58 (equivalent to $85).


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