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Fontainebleau Summer Program

Fontainebleau Scholarship

In 2004, alumnus Robert Turner established a bi-ennial scholarship enabling a student from the School of Architecture + Design to participate in the Fontainebleau Summer Program. The Program is held at the 16th century Chateau Fontainebleau, a UNESCO world heritage site, located a short distance southeast of Paris. The program, held each year for five weeks beginning in the month of July, explores a general theme through a series of workshops, lectures, and excursions. Students of art and architecture collaborate with music students. Formal art disciplines such as drawing, watercolor graphic design, and theatre design are typically practiced during the session. Student housing and restaurants are in the town of Fontainebleau, surrounded by one of the most beautiful forests in France. The scholarship will be awarded to a student selected by the faculty of the School of Architecture + Design. Once selected, the student will then apply to the program, which selects 15-25 students worldwide. Selection criteria are based on application materials, portfolio works and references. Upon acceptance, the student will receive a $7,500 Scholarship covering tuition, travel, and incidentals. For more detailed information on the program, visit the Fontainebleau web site at: http://www.fontainebleauschools.org/architecture/index.html.

“While most study-abroad experiences can be described as opportunities for self-growth, studying at the École de Beaux-Arts at Fontainebleau was an invaluable experience that opened my eyes to the diversity of contemporary design perceptions. During my five weeks in France, I was not only exposed to the more general aspects of French culture (cuisine, music, art), but specifically to the non-American’s perception of architecture. From the French and American professors who led our courses, to the French non-designers who owned the array of chateaus and gardens we visited, I was made expressly aware of differences in American and French architectural values. I studied with students from around the world and our discourse spanned several contrasting design pedagogies. The Beaux-Arts school includes a music program; having international music students as our clients allowed for real-time non-designer feedback. Through discussions about the rapport between the two arts, both musicians and architects were asked to consider the art-world beyond their specific fields. Studying at Fontainebleau was an incredible opportunity to learn about architecture as both non-Americans and non-designers perceive it, knowledge that is invaluable to a designer in this global and interdisciplinary market.”

Ms. Amrita Raja
B.S. ITDS, Virginia Tech

Previous Recipients

2004 Nicole Cavanaugh
2006 Wei Loon Ooi (Did Not Attend)
2007 Amrita Raja
2008 Matthew Van Wagner
2010 Joshua Tunick
2012 Diego Arias-Caballero
2014 Malcolm Dax
2016 Alexander Cheng