Three Canadian students among winners of Vectorworks Design Scholarship

The winners this year include Brenda Vaca Michan for “Venus," a lighting design project for a 19th-century play at the National Theater School of Canada.

Venus by Brenda Vaca Michan, National Theater School of Canada (Photo courtesy of Vectorworks, Inc.)

Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. has announced the winners of this year’s Vectorworks Design Scholarship, which include three Canadian students.

This year’s competition garnered more than 1,000 submissions and scholarships were awarded to 21 students for 18 projects in the architecture, interior design, landscape and entertainment industries.

The winning Richard Diehl submission “Venus” by Vaca Michan is a lighting design project for the 19th-century play written by Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Mike Payette at the National Theater School of Canada. For this project, Vaca Michan used Vectorworks Spotlight for the lighting design.

“Brenda’s project description communicated the long and complicated journey of the main character and how she resonated with the plot,” said Len Levine, lighting designer, International Cinema Lighting Society member and one of this year’s scholarship judges. “Secondly, she perfectly used light to create different moments as the set piece remained the same throughout while trying to maintain a cohesive look for the show. Finally, her clear documentation in the overhead and deck plots made the show straightforward to rigging.”

Bunny by Kenneth Anggara and Marco Kuo from the University of British Columbia, winner in the Architecture category (Photo courtesy of Vectorworks, Inc.)

The other Canadian winning project was “Bunny” by Kenneth Anggara and Marco Kuo from the University of British Columbia in the Architecture category.

“The winning project ‘Venus’ has an excellent blend of design and intentionality that brings the true story of this play to fruition,” said Vectorworks product marketing manager – entertainment, Joshua Schulman. “This year’s winners should be very proud of their achievements. It’s evident the next generation will continue to make ground-breaking contributions to the design community.”

Winners received the equivalent of up to $3,000 USD in their local currency. As the Richard Diehl Award winner, Vaca Michan received an additional prize package, which included the equivalent of $7,000 USD in local currency and professional networking opportunities. Winners’ schools will also receive free Vectorworks Design Suite software and free virtual workshop training for faculty and students.

Other winners represent countries including Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. An expert panel of international judges evaluated all submissions based on design, technology, originality, presentation and writing.

To see the full list of winners, click here.