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Dec. 15: Carnegie Mellon Architecture Student Kaitlin Miciunas Awarded 2009 Gindroz Prize for Travel in Europe


Eric Sloss                            

Carnegie Mellon Architecture Student Kaitlin Miciunas
Awarded 2009 Gindroz Prize for Travel in Europe

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University architecture student Kaitlin Miciunas has been named the winner of the 2009 Gindroz Prize for Travel/Study, an annual $7,500 award for Carnegie Mellon architecture and music students to travel and study in Europe.
"The Gindroz Prize is a great opportunity to celebrate the multidisciplinary nature of the College of Fine Arts," said Steve Lee, interim head of the School of Architecture. "The travel prize is transformational in its impact on the recipient's lives and future careers."
Miciunas will travel to Berlin, Vilnius and Paris to research how the experiential qualities of architecture, landscape and urban space are influenced by sound. Upon her return, she will present a lecture to the Carnegie Mellon community and plans to produce a gallery exhibition based on her experiences and research in Europe.
"Kaitlin submitted an amazing proposal that studies traditional spaces and sounds and maps them onto new means of representing architecture," Lee said.
The Gindroz Prize for Travel/Study, supported by the Marilyn and Ray Gindroz Foundation, has been established to enrich lives and enhance education through travel in Europe and study of traditional architecture, urbanism and music. During travel, architecture students not only produce drawings and analyses, but also attend musical events. Music students attend performances and also experience great architecture and urban spaces. Architecture students conduct a lecture and exhibit upon return while music students perform a public recital.
Third- and fourth-year students in the School of Architecture and third-year or first-year graduate students in the School of Music are eligible for the prize, which is awarded by a jury consisting of faculty members from both schools and a member of the arts community in Pittsburgh. The award recognizes the life-changing potential of becoming immersed in a culture, language and environment that is different from one's own. The award aims to develop the craft as well as the intellectual content of architecture and music.