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Stand-out students recognized by AIA Buffalo/WNY

AIA Buffalo/WNY president Mike Anderson (MArch '03, BPS '01) presents the AIA/UB Undergraduate Scholarship to junior Elizabeth K. Gilman at the school's annual Award's Day celebration in May. Photo by Alexander Becker

Published August 4, 2017

Three top-performing students in UB's architecture program have been recognized with scholarships from the Buffalo/WNY chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Two students in UB's Master of Architecture program are recipients of the 2017 AIA Buffalo/WNY Scholarship, which supports students within the chapter region who are pursuing a professional architecture degree. Sponsored by AIA Buffalo/WNY and the Buffalo Architecture Foundation, the program is open to students who have completed at least one year of coursework in a NAAB accredited or candidacy program and are enrolled in an eligible school.

According to the AIA Buffalo/WNY, this year’s winners demonstrated a strong commitment and passion for architecture through notable academic achievements and community volunteerism.

Among the three scholarship recipients are Buffalo natives Dylan Burns, who is pursuing the dual Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning; and Justina Dziama, a student in the dual Master of Architecture and Media Architecture program at the Bauhaus Universitat Weimar in Germany. The third awardee is Rebecca Sultz, also a Buffalo native who is a fourth-year architecture student at Penn State.

A WNY Prosperity Fellow, Presidential Scholar and recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, Dylan Burns graduated Summa Cum Laude from UB with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He has participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and been a participant in the US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes.

Justina Dziama has taught freshman architecture studio as a graduate teaching assistant and has worked for Architectural Practice Davidson Rafailidis. She was involved in the Indeterminacy Festival designing and fabricating a series of inflatable spaces in collaboration with Stanzi Vaubel.

The local chapter also presented the first AIA/UB Undergraduate Scholarship at the School of Architecture and Planning's Award's Day celebration in May. Elizabeth K. Gilman, a junior in the architecture program, is the first to benefit from the $2,000 scholarship, which is awarded annually to a department-selected student who has demonstrated outstanding academic and architectural talent.