Nicholas Coates, who graduated in May (2015) with a B.Arch. degree, has received the prestigious 2015 SOM Prize, a $50,000 travel and research fellowship. His winning research proposal was entitled, “The Corner: A Marker of the New, A Memory of the Past.” Nick plans to travel to Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Japan.
Preliminary studies for Nick’s 5th-year thesis: a study of path / lynchburg artist residency
(thesis advisor: Prof. Aki Ishida)
The SOM Prize is sponsored by the SOM Foundation, whose goal is to instill in its fellows a heightened sense of responsibility as future leaders in the design disciplines by offering them an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the complexities of the built environment. The SOM Foundation supports individuals with the highest design aspirations and enables them, through research and travel, to broaden their horizons and achieve excellence in their professional or academic careers. The programs of the SOM Foundation are funded through an endowment established by the partners of the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). The Foundation’s activities are wholly separate from those of the firm.