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AU’s new Hutchinson architecture award

Thanks to an endowment from Ralph and Janet Hutchinson, students in Athabasca University’s new architecture program have the opportunity to apply for a $2,500 student award.

The Ken and Janny Hutchinson Architecture Award recognizes the professional and academic achievements of students entering the architecture program at AU. Two awards will be given to architecture students each year, with the first set to be awarded this fall.

The award is in honour of Ralph’s brother Ken Hutchinson, a leading Alberta architect who has specialized in heritage architecture, leisure centres, and business and municipal projects throughout Alberta for the last 40 years. In all of his endeavours, he’s been strongly supported by his wife Janny.

“Ken’s had an outstanding career as an architect,” says Dr. Frits Pannekoek, president of AU. “He’s defined many public spaces and restored many heritage buildings, but most importantly, he’s been passionate about supporting both female and minority architects in establishing practice.”

With that in mind, the award’s selection committee will give consideration to gender and minority equity, but all architecture students are welcome to apply if they meet the basic selection criteria.

“The online architecture program is key to our mission of removing barriers to learning”

“It’s supposed to be diverse enough to allow people an opportunity to explore how architecture fits in today’s life and life in the future,” says Dr. Lisa Carter, dean of AU’s Faculty of Science and Technology. “I’m thrilled we’re able to offer this award for our students. We’re so fortunate to have the Hutchinson family contributing to the promotion of architecture at AU.”

AU’s architecture program, the first online architecture program in Canada, was launched in 2011 in partnership with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC ). Called a Post- Baccalaureate Diploma in Architecture, the credential provides an alternative work-study path to professional architect licensure in Canada. The university is also developing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture as the pre-professional component of the program.

“The online architecture program is key to our mission of removing barriers to learning,” says Pannekoek. “In partnership with RAIC , we’re helping to facilitate the entry of internationally trained architects into practice in Canada, for example. And with our use of innovative online teaching tools, the program has a unique approach for helping students understand and appreciate the many facets of architecture.”

For more information on the Ken and Janny Hutchinson Architecture Award, contact Dr. Lisa Carter, dean of AU’s Faculty of Science and Technology: lisac@athabascau.ca

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  • May 1, 2012