Introducing the 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship Winners

Posted by Pete Hicks on 10/20/15 11:14 AM  |  3 min read time

The results are in! After an international panel of design professionals and academics reviewed the over 2,000 submissions to this year’s Vectorworks Design Scholarship, the winning projects have been selected. Benno Schmitz from the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin received the Richard Diehl Award, the scholarship program’s $10,000 grand prize, for his design for The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bonn.

The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bonn design by Benno Schmitz, winner of the 2015 Richard Diehl Award The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Bonn design by Benno Schmitz, winner of the 2015 Richard Diehl Award

“The creative potential we saw in this year's entries is exciting, including inspiring submissions like Benno's,” says Richard Diehl, founder and chairman of Vectorworks, Inc., and namesake of the grand prize. “We saw the number of entries over last year double and are thrilled to support students who represent the future of design innovation as they continue to pursue their degrees and launch their careers.”

Schmitz started his award-winning project as a class project where he was tasked with creating a cultural space. After researching case studies written about innovative museums for inspiration, Schmitz sought to design his own impactful space in his hometown.

“The site for the museum is marked by industrial ruins, as well as environmental damage from the mining of coal and stone,” says Schmitz. “The whole topography of the area has been changed by humans. The museum brings new culture to this place where I grew up and uses humankind’s impact on the environment to its advantage. Without the sheer rock face left behind from the stone quarry, the design wouldn’t be as visually impactful, and without the museum, this wasteland of space wouldn’t be as meaningful. Only together do they work perfectly.”

In addition to Schmitz winning the grand prize, the judges also recognized 15 other global projects as winners of $3,000 Vectorworks Design Scholarships across the architecture, landscape, and entertainment industries.

Check out the full list of winners:

  • Café Terminaal by Frédérique Windels and Yleni Bossu, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Flowing Time—The Industrial Landscape Restoration of 751 Locomotive Square by Xu Lin (林徐), Capital Normal University Beijing, China
  • Live Forever by Liu Xiang (刘翔刘), Central Academy of Drama Beijing, China
  • Mexico City BIGnature by Natasha Polozenko, Harvard Graduate School of Design, United States
  • Opportunity in Danger by Maham Tahir, Birmingham School of Architecture, United Kingdom
  • Räumlich Reimagined by Fatima Blötzer, Muttenz der Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Switzerland
  • Rosengarten Hotel by Brecht Casier, Sint Lucas, Belgium
  • The Center for Folktale Communication by Ryan Turner and Ronli Mak, University of Calgary, Canada
  • The Electra Project by Martha Carter and Morgan Price, University of California at Irvine, United States
  • “The Displacement” or “Revolt of Abandoned Architecture” by Anthony Chun Ming Ko, The University of Hong Kong, China
  • The Magic Flute by Neneh Lucia, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia
  • The Nature of Flutmulde by Nikolai Hein and Yumeng Zhang, University of Kassel, Germany
  • The Nest We Grow by Baxter Smith, Hsiu Wei Chang, Fanzheng Dong, Hsin-Yu Chen, Yan Huang and Max Edwards, University of California at Berkeley, United States
  • Vertical Metabolism by Matt Perotto, University of Toronto, Canada
  • What is Normal? by Isabelle Weydert, Sint Lucas, Belgium

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship program. Explore all of the winning projects at our Design Scholarship gallery, and sign up to receive updates about next year’s competition at or by following @Vectorworks on Twitter and searching #FundMyVision.

Topics: Academic, Vectorworks Design Scholarship, News

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