AIA Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship

13 10 2009




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AIA Seattle has just given its first Emerging Professionals travel scholarship to Mithun’s Cristina Bump to study innovative seawall design in Australia and Canada. The $5,000 scholarship will pay for her travel and research. She’ll visit seawalls in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Vancouver exploring the impact alternative approaches have on urban development and natural habitat.

Bump plans to work with partners at the University of Washington, the city of Seattle and the U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers to develop a series of recommendations for Seattle’s seawall replacement. She will present her research through an exhibition and model at AIA Seattle’s gallery in March 2010.


Cristina Bump – OCT 2009:

This blog will serve as a documenting tool to best present my findings as I travel to Australia and Canada in November of 2009. As I visit each city, I will be meeting with local officials, urbans planners, architects, and biologists who have invested time and effort to make their city’s seawall one that is environentally friendly and which affects the urban fabric in a positive way. To document my experience I will posting video and picture blogs so that once I return my findings can be best used to inform the possibilities we have for the future of the Seattle waterfront.

This is an exciting time of research and findings and I plan to be a documenting resource. The more places/people I meet, the more well-informed the study can be.

Please let me know if you have questions or comments

Come back and visit often!




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