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Paul Oberman Graduate Student Endowment Fund Award

The Paul Oberman Graduate Student Endowment Fund Award provides travel and research-related funds to in-course current students in the Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design programs enrolled at the Daniels Faculty. Students eligible for the award must be in good academic standing and have completed at least the first year of study of their respective programs. Qualifying applicants will consist of those submitting a proposal that demonstrates a sense of vision, initiative, and passion for how the historic form and the architecture of a city(ies) is(are) being creatively transformed to meet the contemporary demands of society.

A final report is required of the successful applicant(s) on their return from their trip by October 31st in the same year, with the Faculty to publicize award recipient(s) by name and post aspects of his or her reports (at its discretion) on the Faculty website and in other communications materials.

About Paul Oberman:
Paul Oberman was a generous donor and friend to the Daniels Faculty, supporting its students in the Master of Urban Design program and aiding them to travel to Bogota and Beunos Aires through an innovative design studio named Studio Norte Sur.  In this studio, students were introduced to a variety of urban and architectural practices and encouraged to develop an outward-thinking, international perspective.  He was also highly engaged in working with Dean Richard Sommer to realize the vision for an expansion and renewal of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at One Spadina Crescent.  The Paul Oberman Award has been established with donations made in memory of Paul Oberman at the initiation of his spouse Eve Lewis and their children.



The approximate value of this award is $15,370.00. The amount may be awarded to 1 to 3 students dependent on the applications received.

This award is an in-course award (not graduating) award. Recipient/s must be registered in/returning to their Daniels degree program in the 2020-21 academic year.


Information Session: Thurs, Feb 13, 2020, 12 to 1:30pm

Application: Students must apply for the award by submitting an application along with a proposal that details their travel/research itinerary, including sites to be visited, the dates involved, and a corresponding budget. Applications must also include a statement of how the award will contribute to the development of their further studies and/or thesis proposal. Students who receive the award must conduct their travel/research between May and August of the year in which the award is conferred.

Application Deadline: Normally in the late February - early March of each year. The deadline for the 2019-20 academic year is Mon, March 2, 2020, 9am Toronto time.

Application form: Daniels Faculty Travel Awards application


2018 - 2019 Isaac Neufeld // Heather Richardson
2017 - 2018 Advita Madan // Aidan Loweth
2016 - 2017 Christina Boyer // Brandon Bergem
2015 - 2016 Karima Habib Peermohammad
2014 - 2015 Vanessa Nicole Abram // Saarinen Balagengatharadilak // Hamza Vora
2013 - 2014 Rachel Heighway // Salome Nikuradze // Zoe Renaud-Drouin
2012 - 2013 Elliott Sturtevant // Nicole Reamey // Javid Alibhai
2011 - 2012 Nicolas G Barrette