Cohos Evamy integratedesign and the Michael Evamy Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that Matthew Beall has been awarded the 2009 Cohos Evamy Scholarship in honour of Michael Evamy. Beall, a Masters of Architecture student at University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, is receiving the award based on his impressive submission entitled “Emergent Territories: Seeking a Future for Urban Aboriginals in the Spaces of the City.”
In the submission, Beall states that “in Canadian cities, the Aboriginal population shows consistent, long-term deficits in employment, health outcomes, economic success, and educational achievement as compared to non-Aboriginals.” His study will “undertake research and realistic speculation where the socio-spatial territories of urban Aboriginal populations meet the irrepressible question: can we declare and inform new territories to promote positive change, eclipse colonial norms, and foster sustainable and/or regenerative spatial practices for Aboriginals in Canada’s growing and changing cities?”
By closely studying this circumstance in the city of Vancouver, Beall intends to carry out research resulting in the exploration of strategies and opportunities to create, alter, link, or renew urban territories to the benefit of urban Aboriginals. His ambition includes the development of a method of inquiry to serve as a model for similar future studies. Upon completion of his research, Beall will prepare a summary of his findings for public presentation. Scheduled lectures are anticipated to take place in the spring of 2010.
This year’s selection committee was greatly impressed by the quality of the submissions and the strength of the ideas. The submissions ranged from the exploration of design, technologies and architecture in a world of scarce resources, to a study of English seaside towns entitled “Understanding the Future of Pleasure-centric Coastal Urbanisms” to investigating the future of our suburban addiction. Scholarship manager Donna Clare indicated that given the strength of the submissions, the committee had difficulty selecting a single recipient: “Each year our jury is faced with a daunting task, selecting a single recipient. This year we received 15 submissions, all intriguing ideas worthy of support. We encourage all the students to follow their passion. Their strength and enthusiasm bode well for the future of our profession and our communities.”
Awarded annually since 1998, the Cohos Evamy Scholarship program iis in its 11th successful year. Established in memory of Michael Evamy, a founding partner instrumental in building Cohos Evamy’s practice from 1966 to 1993, the award provides financial assistance to a Canadian student attending a Canadian School of Architecture in the year prior to his/her final year of study. The scholarship allows the recipient to undertake a research project based on a field of study of personal interest. The intent of the research is to enrich and advance the recipient’s personal and professional experience and knowledge on a topic relevant to the practice of Architecture. The value of the award in 2009 is $5000, plus a secondary amount of $3000 for project-related expenses during the course of investigation.