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NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art, part of the College of Professional Schools, announced the winners of the annual Architecture Portfolio Competition that offers university scholarships as prizes.

The university received 20 portfolios. One submission earned first place ($5,000 scholarship prize), two earned citations ($1,000 scholarship prizes). There were two honorable mentions and one notable “most developed” portfolio.

The scholarships can count toward tuition or any other Norwich University expenses.

“The jury was incredibly impressed by the quality of work shown in the portfolios.” Tolya Stonorov, associate director, Norwich University School of Architecture + Art

The competition invited students to embrace the school’s ethic of a balanced approach to the art and science of architecture, and encouraged them to develop their own vision as designers in a portfolio, which could include photographs, drawings, paintings and designs.

A two-person jury of School of Architecture + Art Director Cara Armstrong and Associate Director Tolya Stonorov judged the entries and announced the awards.

“The jury was incredibly impressed by the quality of work shown in the portfolios,” said Stonorov, who added, “it was a very challenging decision to award specific portfolios over others.”

The winners:

  • First prize: Nathalia da Silva, of Mount Vernon, New Hampshire, first prize.
  • Citations: Riyam Al-Janabi, of Essex Junction, Vermont; Samantha Garcia, of Weisbaden, Germany.
  • Honorable mentions: Paige Morgan, Auburn, Maine; Caleb El-Attar, Landenberg, Pennsylvania.
  • Most developed portfolio: Oracle Frederick Kunakey, Ghana

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited architecture school in Vermont and one of only two in northern New England.

About Norwich University’s Design + Build Collaborative

As the only university in northern New England to offer integrated professionally accredited programs in Architecture, Business, Engineering, Construction, and Nursing, Norwich’s Design + Build Collaborative calls on students to “act as well as conceive” and create solutions for local, regional, and global challenges. For more than 20 years, our students have been addressing Vermont community needs through the construction of full-scale projects.Building on the seven different affordable housing prototypes Norwich has developed since 2011, the collaborative not only continues to design and prototype regionally informed, resilient housing, but also organizes and coordinates related research and programs between the schools in the College of Professional Schools and community-organization partners. Norwich University announced in February 2019 a $200,000 grant from TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, to fund the development of a collaborative in the College of Professional Schools dedicated to producing affordable homes.

About Norwich University
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Capt. Alden Partridge and is the United States’ oldest private military college. Norwich is one of our nation's six Senior Military Colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

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