Master of Architecture graduate wins prestigious Harvard scholarship

30 March 2010

Recent Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning graduate Monica Earl has won a prestigious scholarship to Harvard Graduate School of Design.

As a recipient of the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship, Monica will be able to attend Harvard with a scholarship that covers her full tuition and health insurance fees plus receive a generous stipend. This highly competitive scholarship is offered yearly to the fifteen top applicants from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Frank Knox was a renowned journalist, editor, Secretary of the Navy during World War 2 and a Vice Presidential candidate and the fellowship was founded in 1948 to honour his belief that America's roots "lie embedded in British soil."

Monica graduated from the Bachelor of Design in Architecture in 2005 and completed her Master of Architecture in 2008 with the Faculty. She will continue her studies in a the twp year Master of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard to build upon who already outstanding academic career. Apart from being an outstanding student, she was also awarded the prestigious Australian Institute of Architects NSW Design Medal in 2009. The Design Medal is award for excellence in architectural design based on the work produced in the last two semesters of the final year of the Master of Architecture program.

Monica saw her education at the University of Sydney as a big part of her success, " I believe the standard of design at Sydney University is of a very high calibre, and the projects produced by students within the studios push boundaries of contemporary design. I am very grateful for the high standard of teaching at Sydney University, and the encouragement I received from the University staff. In particular Genevieve Lilley, Matthew Chan and Peter Armstrong who acted as referees for my application."

Monica is looking forward to the opportunities studying in the states will give her for exploring both architecture and the country, I'm looking forward to living in close proximity to New York, and I can't wait to visit Chicago. It's going to be the biggest challenge of all, balancing the intensity of the GSD with weekend travel, there is so much I want to see!"

She will begin her studies at Harvard in August 2010

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