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of I. architecture graduate named Luce Scholar
Mitchell, News Editor
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —
Ryan Dick, a recent master’s degree recipient in the University
of Illinois School of Architecture from Elmhurst, Ill., is among 18 students nationwide to be named to
the Luce Scholars Program for a yearlong experience in Asia.
The Luce Scholars Program, an initiative of the Henry Luce Foundation,
provides full stipends and internships for the recipients to live and
work in Asia. The program was begun in 1974 to increase awareness of
Asia among future leaders in American society. Students may be nominated
from a select group of 67 colleges and universities, including Illinois.
Nominations are based on a candidate’s record of
high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined
career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment.
Applicants must not have had significant prior experience with Asia.
After consulting with Dick, the Luce Foundation has placed him at Tongji
University in Shanghai, China. He will spend the upcoming academic year
working with the university’s College of Architecture and Urban
Planning, the largest architectural teaching program in China. Dick
will co-teach classes for freshmen and sophomores and will assist the
Foreign Affairs Office. He also hopes to gain some exposure on the World
Expo 2010 project, which showcases sustainable architecture and planning.
Prior to leaving for Shanghai this fall, Dick will receive intensive
training in Mandarin. In addition, the Luce Scholars program is providing
all travel expenses, a stipend of $22,000, and a cost of living and
housing allowance for his time in Shanghai.
As an architect, Dick plans to focus his attention on sustainability.
He believes his studies in structural engineering as well as architectural
design at Illinois will make him better able to design sustainable architecture.
“My time in Asia will help me develop and perfect my ability to
understand and respond to the social, environmental, and economic constructs
that pressure the built environment,” he said.
In addition to working as a research assistant, teaching assistant
and student-organization leader, Dick completed summer internships with
a building consultant, an engineering and research organization, and
an architectural firm. Outside the classroom, he spent considerable
time volunteering with children, including establishing a program
to expand the number of tutors at Urbana Middle School and assisting
at a crisis nursery center. He also runs in marathon races.
After completing the Luce Scholars Program, Dick plans to join a multidisciplinary
firm, where he hopes to be able to work on projects on a scale that
can influence change within the built environment.
“We are thankful to have Ryan Dick representing the university
in the Luce Scholars Program,” said David Schug, who is in charge
of the U. of I. Office
of Scholarships for International Study. “It had been 10 years
since an Illinois-nominated scholar received this prestigious award,
which is a testament to Ryan’s exceptional personal and scholarly
Schug said the office is recruiting applicants for 2008-09 awards from
among current Illinois students and recent alumni. The application deadline
is Oct. 29.
For more information, contact Schug at 217-244-0254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.