To celebrate freehand drawing in a sketchbook on site, architect Darrel Rippeteau, AIA, provided the seed funding for a new award for students in the School in 2017. The award is named after former dean of the School, Professor Emeritus Stanley I. Hallet, FAIA, who, although retired, is still very involved in the education of young architects.

Darrel and Stanley’s desire is to emphasize the importance of sketching. They believe that the ability to sketch is integral in observing, reflecting and analyzing at many different scales accomplished with a quality and attention to both the freehand graphics employed as well as demonstrating an understanding of overall engineering, architectural, urban and landscape strategies employed in the places and buildings studied.  This should be more than a single building and address design at many scales, from an object to urban design and landscape.  First place is a cash prize of $1,000; second place $500; and two runners-up $250.

Submission Rules:

This year's award is for any School of Architecture and Planning student, currently enrolled or who completed their degrees no earlier than December 2018, who submits a sketchbook(s) that the student compiled while in the field. The final selection of sketchbook awards will be based upon the overall quality of the graphic medium employed as well as the depth and extent of the observations made.  The distinguished jury will be organized by Darrel Rippeteau, AIA. 

A sketchbook or sketchbooks (considered as one submission) to consist of freehand sketches in pencil, pen, watercolor, collage, or other analog materials. No digital or digitally enhanced (e.g., Photoshopped) work will be accepted.

Drawings can be part of a student's own personal sketchbook or part of a single CUA studio, course, or program (for example, Rome Study Abroad Program).

Work must have been drawn substantially in situ – at the place, in a bound or unbound sketchbook. They may not be traced or transferred from other sources (e.g., traced or copied from photographs, scans, or other prints). The intention is to celebrate sketching.  By submitting the work, applicants agree to allow their work to be included in Catholic U publications, websites, and social media.  Winners agree to attend the awards ceremony held during Commencement Week 2019.

Please submit to the Front Office by 5:00 PM on Monday, May 6, 2019.  Contact Professor Julio Bermudez,, for additional information.