Established in 1994, the Saarinen Swanson Essay Competition writing fund at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning encourages fine writing as a medium to foster critical thinking and exposition among future professionals in architecture and planning. The competition invited students to submit 1000-1500 word essays addressing contemporary critical discourse in design and/or urbanism. The essays were judged (anonymously) by Professor of Architecture Caroline Constant and Associate Professor of Urban Planning David Thacher.
Two awards of $2000 each:
"Lessons from a Public Participation Session"
Oana Druta, M.U.P.'11
"Michigan Central Station"
Michael McCulloch, Doctoral Candidate
Two awards of $750 each:
"Heart[h] of Dis.Course"
Micah Rutenberg, M.Arch.'10
"Effecting Social Change: Architecture as Servitude"
Lauren Jones, B.S.'11