|U of M Architecture Student Awarded Francis Mah Travel Grant
For release: May 9, 2007
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University of Memphis architecture student Babak Keyvani is the recipient of the 2007 Francis Mah Travel Grant. This is the fifth time that an architecture student from the University of Memphis has won the award. The announcement of Keyvani’s selection was made by Anthea Selkirk, winner of the award in 2006.
The award was established in 1999 in memory of the life and work of Memphis’ internationally acclaimed architect and architectural educator Francis Mah. Competition is open throughout the Mid-South to intern architects and to architecture students who are in the 3rd, 4th or 5th year of their program.
Keyvani, who graduated summa cum laude from the U of M on May 5, 2007, with a bachelor of fine arts in architecture degree, was selected by the past-presidents council of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and representatives of the Mah family based on his academic interests and the quality of his portfolio.
He will spend several weeks this summer in his native Iran to study sustainability in ancient Iranian buildings and the use of indigenous materials as well as passive techniques and the use of natural light in these buildings. He will also explore the development of cities and the spatial relationships among buildings relative to sustainability.
Keyvani will return to Memphis in the fall and will give a public presentation next spring about the findings from his Iran research. He plans to pursue the professional Master of Architecture degree and become an architect.
“Babak is an outstanding student, and we are very proud of his accomplishments and the recognition he brings to the University," said U of M professor of architecture Michael Hagge. “We look forward to continuing to work with him after he returns, particularly on our sustainable design residential project.”
(The project Hagge referred to will be a 1,700-square-foot “green” home at the corner of North Main and Greenlaw in the Uptown neighborhood. The house will be one of the first in this region to be built in conformity with the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED guidelines for homes.)
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