Sharswood Blumberg Redevelopment in Philadelphia

Announcing the Winner of the 2016 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant

The Center for Architecture and AIANY are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant is Tya Winn, NOMA, LEED GA, SEED. The LeBrun is an annual grant whose purpose is to further the personal and professional development of an early or mid-career architect through travel.

Winn was awarded $15,000 for her proposal, “Public Architecture for Public Good.” Winn will travel internationally and domestically to create a global sample of current public housing projects and their effects on residents and the greater public. Her final product document the current state of affordable housing globally. The lessons learned through the case studies are meant to improve housing strategies in the U.S.

Winn plans to travel internationally to Monterrey, Madrid, Paris, Lagos, Vienna, Slovenia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. She has selected these cities, which are home to “some of the most awarded and prized social and public housing on the globe,” for their “economically effective use of federal funds.” Domestically, she plans to travel to Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco to meet with leaders in the affordable housing sector and discuss best practice models where design serves as a catalyst for civic improvement.

Winn studied architecture at Syracuse University and received her Master in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Winn works as the Program Manager at the Philadelphia Housing Authority and is a consultant for JP Development. She currently serves as a Public Member on the Board of Trustees of AIA Philadelphia, the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Minorities Architects (NOMA), and as Co-Chair of the West Philadelphia Promise Zone Housing Committee. The project she will undertake with the LeBrun Grant fits with her longstanding interest in public housing and urban design.

In partnership with AIANY, the Center for Architecture administers three scholarships and three grant awards. These scholarships and awards provide opportunities for incoming college students, current architecture students, and mid-career architecture and design professionals. For more information, please visit: