UTSA M.Arch students Elle Farias & Jennifer Garza awarded Tritschler Prize

(April 7, 2017) -- We are excited to share that UTSA M.Arch students Elle Farias and Jennifer Garza have been awarded the top prize in the Tritschler Prize Competition, as announced by the Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects! The top prize includes $20,000 and internships for both Elle and Jennifer at Shalom Baranes Associates in D.C. The Tritschler Prize seeks to encourage architecture programs throughout the United States to focus on relating modern design to a historic context in honor of Gerry Tritschler, AIA, a former Principal at Shalom Baranes Associates, who spent his career focused on rehabilitating historic buildings. 

Elle and Jennifer’s submission, “Stewardship of Assemblies,” originated in Prof. Robert Baron’s Fall 2016 ARC 6126 Advanced Design Studio: An Architecture of Silence, Light, and Simplicity. The semester project was the design of a twenty-first century monastery for a Cistercian community at the mission San Juan Capistrano.

Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA, Executive Director, Washington Chapter, American Institute of Architects, wrote the following to Elle and Jennifer: “Our jury praised your comprehensive and insightful analysis of the program and site. Your new architectural elements were elegant and developed with a light touch that contrasts well with the original stone walls. They liked your comprehensive and well-integrated approach to sustainability and the sensitive integration of site features with nature. They loved your ‘brave embrace of sacred spaces’ as well.”

Both Elle and Jennifer are studying abroad in Rome this semester. A big congrats to Elle, Jennifer, and Prof. Baron from all of us here at UTSA!

More info regarding the Tritschler Prize.