The Vectorworks Design Scholarship program awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships today to promising design students around the world who impressed judges with their imagination and creativity. Fifteen students from eight countries will receive $3,000 to support their studies. Their schools will also receive Vectorworks software licenses and training.
Judges selected University of Pennsylvania landscape architecture student Diego Bermudez as having the top overall entry, so he also won the Richard Diehl Award and an additional $7,000 USD. Bermudez was recognized for his entry, “Circasia: Engaging the Creeks,” because of his superb use of digital tools to demonstrate how reclaiming an area devastated by poor use fosters human interaction. His project redefines the relationship between the villages and creeks in a rapidly growing coffee community in Colombia.
A global panel of judges evaluated nearly 1,000 submissions based on their design, use of technology, creativity, presentation, and answers to short questions. Presenting designs ranging from unique towers and staging concepts to beautiful gardens, here are the additional 2014 Vectorworks Design Scholars, whose work you can view on our gallery:
- Belgium: Alexander Davey Thomson, K.U. Leuven, Saint-Lucas Campus and Lisa Vromman, KASK School of Arts Gent
- Canada: Andrea Linney, University of Toronto
- China: Chen Yin Feng, Chongqing University; Shao Xing Yu, Southeast University; and Wu Xin Jing, Shanghai Theatre Academy
- Germany: Markus Bobik and Michaela Eizenberger, TU München; and Paul Dembeck, Beuth Hochschule Berlin
- Poland: Judyta Cichocka, Wrocław University of Technology
- Switzerland: Marcel Hauert, Berner Fachhochschule
- UK: Daniel Sweeting, London Metropolitan University
- USA: Enoch (Wes) Calkin, University of Cincinnati; Michael Signorile, Stevens Institute Of Technology; and Tina Simon, TU Dresden
“I’m honored to be part of this program as we pay tribute to fantastic designs and scholarship winners’ potential to propel design, solve problems, and renew culture,” said Richard Diehl, chairman of the board of directors at Nemetschek Vectorworks and namesake of the Richard Diehl Design Award. “Students represent the next generation of creative potential, and Nemetschek Vectorworks is thrilled to help these students realize their career goals and make the world a better place.”