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Paul Oberman Graduate Student Endowment Fund Award

UPDATE: Global Affairs Canada lifted the world-wide advisory to avoid non-essential travel anywhere outside of Canada as of Feb. 28, 2022.  As a result, all students are now able to travel internationally on University sanctioned activities. Please note that travel will still not be allowed for undergraduate students for regions with Global Affairs Canada travel advisories of: “avoid non-essential travel” and “avoid all travel” as was the case pre-pandemic. If you are a graduate student that needs to travel to regions under those categories, for research or program completion purposes, please contact

For all students travelling on University sanctioned activity, you must complete all safety abroad pre-departure requirements including checking travel advisories, completing safety abroad online workshops, securing travel health insurance and completing the safety abroad registry. More information on the safety pre-departure requirements for university activity abroad is available on the Safety Abroad website.

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 following academic year.


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.


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