Convocation 2022 — Reunion and Awards Ceremony
July 10, 2022
After two years of online ceremonies, the graduating classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 enjoyed the well-deserved opportunity to cross the stage at in-person convocation ceremonies.
Spring Convocation for the 2020 and 2021 cohorts of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate architecture students took place on June 15. After receiving their certificates, they and their families came to the Architecture Building for a reunion and celebration.
The 2022 cohort of students had their Spring Convocation on June 22, followed by a reunion and awards celebration at the Architecture Building.
“Throughout your time here, you have shown comradery, adaptability, and ability to support one another and yourselves through, at times, unexpected challenges, and you have all succeeded,” Interim Director Federica Goffi told the graduates.
“We as a school are truly pleased with your achievement, and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to have been on your educational path — a path that will continue beyond the academic world, through many forms of practice as well as additional academic studies in many cases,” said Dr. Goffi.
“As you make your way into the world of architecture, conservation, and urbanism as well as other design fields, my wish for you is to have the opportunities to bring change by design, through compassion and inclusivity through and beyond architecture.”
The 2022 class consisted of 75 Bachelor of Architectural Studies graduates, 46 Master of Architecture graduates, one Master of Architectural Studies graduate, and three Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation graduates.
The school’s awards committee, comprised of Associate Professor Manuel Baez, Assistant Professor Piper Bernbaum, and Assistant Professor Menna Agha, announced the following awards.
Ontario Association of Architecture Award
Value $2,500 each. Awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional leadership through design excellence, combined with innovative approaches to sustainability in an assignment or project.
Justin Li and Sideqa Haqani
Michael Russell Coote Memorial Award
Awarded to promising students who have completed the first year of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program.
Jacques & Helene Sabourin Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to students showing the greatest proficiency in a course devoted to lighting for architecture.
Nicholas C. Scolozzi Scholarship in Architecture
Awarded to students who excel in the fourth-year design studio of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program.
Gulzar Haider School of Architecture Award
Awarded to undergraduate students with the highest grade in first-year studio.
CISC Excellence Award in Steel Design
Value $3,000. Awarded to undergraduate students in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program or a graduate student in the Master of Architecture program, studying the use and design of steel structures.
Margaret Anne ‘Nan’ Griffiths Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to outstanding undergraduate students, with preference given to students in the urbanism major.
Allan Buchanan Scholarships
Awarded to outstanding students.
Gil Sutton Award for Excellence
Awarded to an outstanding student proceeding from third to fourth year of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program.
OAA Award for Exceptional Leadership Through Design Excellence EDI
Value $2,500 each. Awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional leadership through design excellence combined with exemplary approaches to projects and/or assignments as they relate to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and/or Truth and Reconciliation.
Awarded to the student with the highest GPA and/or strongest thesis.
Nomination comment: A compelling thesis, beautifully written, contemplating architecture and the literary city, with a rigorous set of architectural drawings.
RAIC Honor Roll
Awarded to the top Master of Architecture graduates according to GPA.
AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit + Medal
Awarded to the Master of Architecture graduate with the second-highest GPA.
Nomination comment: Thompson’s thesis, Offerings and Inheritances: Reconstructing Family Altars for Queer Vietnamese Kin, is an incredible analysis and reflection upon architecture as an offering – discussing identity, loss, grief, and belonging within the everyday places we inhabit and the rituals we make. Thompson’s work was wonderfully thoughtful and has given a voice to marginalized individuals within urban space. He was an outstanding student to work with and deserves recognition for this original and important piece of work in the field.