Three SCI-Arc graduates became the recipients of the first Woods Bagot Prize, an award that recognizes the top design portfolios and academic achievements from students in the undergraduate and graduate programs on September 9. The prize-winners were awarded USD $20,000 along with an offer for a position at any of the international firm’s 15 studios. From a pool of over 50 applicants, the prize-winners Mikiko Takasago from Japan, M.Arch 1, José Carlos García from Mexico, M.Arch 2, and undergraduate Luciano Meghini from Italy, B.Arch, were selected. The award was announced by Woods Bagot Director of North America, Patrick Daly, AIA, during SCI-Arc’s commencement weekend that showcased school-wide graduate thesis works. Daly, alongside featured architects and theorists such as Neil Denari, Sylvia Lavin, and Greg Lynn among others, participated in the critiques that took place over the three days prior to the event. In addition, the City of Los Angeles’ first Deputy Mayor of International Affairs, Nina Hachigian, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.
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