CFA Foundation Offers New Scholarship for Summer Abroad


The Fontainebleau Summer Architecture Program.

Courtesy of Fontainebleau Schools

The Center for Architecture Foundation (CFAF) is pleased to announce the new Fontainebleau Prize for students and recent graduates to attend the school’s summer architecture program. Past AIANY President James McCullar, FAIA, principal of James McCullar & Associates, co-founded the prize with his colleague and long-time friend, Bart Voorsanger, FAIA, principal of Voorsanger Architects. At CFAF’s request, McCullar and Voorsanger described their time as Fontainebleau students and explained what the 2010 program is about:

It was a transforming experience for both of us — our first trip to Europe, exposure to French culture, and students in architecture, fine arts, and music from many places. We still remember the concerts, field trips, studio projects, and exploring Paris whenever we could. Every architect or musician we know who attended remembers feeling the same enthusiasm. In sponsoring the 2010 prize, we want to pass on the same opportunity to a deserving student.

The Fontainebleau Schools offer a unique summer program for both architects and musicians. Set in the historic chateau and town of Fontainebleau, near Paris, the program has a rich tradition since its inception in 1921. Many American architects and musicians have taught and studied there, including Paolo Soleri, Charles Moore, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein.

The 2010 architecture program More of Less begins with an introduction in Paris. It will explore the subject of sustainable design through a series of lectures, workshops, site visits, and hands-on projects, including a performance in collaboration with music students. Architecture and music students live, dine, and attend concerts and field trips together in a creative environment.

The recipient of the Fontainebleau Prize will receive $4,500 to cover tuition, room, board, and school trips to Paris and Strasburg. Advanced undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students are encouraged to apply. The in-office deadline is Monday, 03.15.10 at 5:00pm. The CFAF offers a number of scholarships for architecture and design students, including the Eleanor Allwork Scholarship and the Center for Architecture Design Scholarship. For more information about the Fontainebleau Prize and the CFA Foundation’s award program, visit the website at