2015 a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA Scholarship TBA May 30

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This scholarship was initiated in 1990 by a/e ProNet, a group of insurance professionals providing risk management services to architects and engineers. In 1999, the scholarship was renamed for David W. Lakamp. Mr. Lakamp was a founder of a/e ProNet and a trusted advisor to the profession. He left behind a legacy of professionalism and integrity that set new standards in the field of insurance services. Two students, who best demonstrate strong interest in practice and risk management, will each receive a $5,000 award.

The 2015 scholarship deadline has passed. See the 2015 scholarship details below for reference only.

General Information and Instructions


Eligible applicants are:
  • Fourth year students in a NAAB accredited degree program, or
  • Fourth year students of a four-year pre-professional degree program in architecture accepted for direct entry to a two-year NAAB accredited M.Arch/D.Arch program, or
  • First year students in a NAAB accredited M.Arch/D.Arch degree program for students with undergraduate degrees in another discipline.

Eligible applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and, if applicable, a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest/or concentration in practice or risk management.

Submission Requirements

The following materials must be received via electronic form by April 2, 2015 April 17, 2015:

  1. Completed application including the 300-word Case Study essay and 200-word biography;
  2. A transcript from each undergraduate and graduate academic institution; minimum cumulative GPA: 3.0;
  3. Two letters of recommendation addressed to the Scholarship Jury, one of which is from a department faculty member verifying applicant eligibility. Each recommendation should highlight three areas that articulate an applicant’s advantages or areas of excellence with practice and risk management;
  4. A current resume.

Please review the entire electronic form before beginning the application process. Final materials should be sent via that electronic form. Neither print nor email applications will be accepted.  Be sure your name appears on all attachments.


Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded toward the students’ university tuition and fees. The award check will be mailed directly to the university; it may not be deferred for use later or transferred to another individual.

Results will be announced by May 30, 2015.


The recipient will be selected by a sub-committee of AIA members serving on the Practice Management Knowledge Community Leadership Group and a representative from the a/e ProNet organization. Applications and supporting material become the property of the American Institute of Architects.


Questions and inquiries can be directed to pmkc@aia.org.

2015 Case Study Topic

In anticipation of a significant increase in their design workload, a group of partners is strategizing an approach to finding qualified architectural staff. During the economic downturn that began in 2007 unemployment reached an all-time high and hiring by architectural firms plummeted. Correspondingly, anyone entering the architectural profession (and the construction industry in general) faced serious challenges finding employment. Firms are now challenged to find and recruit professionals with 3 – 5 years’ experience.

What are the qualities that would make this firm a likely choice for those in the millennial generation?How should the firm present those qualities to best appeal to millennials? What else could the firm do to deliver the increased workload?

Write a response, 300 words or less, on how you would manage the preceding practice management situation to a favorable conclusion.

2014 Results

2014 Case Study Topic

One thing that the downturn of the economy has shown the architectural profession is that firms must always keep a focused eye on the future and a game plan for likely scenarios that may arise.  One issue that is often overlooked is firm leadership potential and growth encouragement of employee. You are one of three partners in a design firm of currently 50 employees.  Over the last year, your firm’s project workload  has increased and your firm has grown from 40.  Your backlog of projects is projecting a healthy 2014 and a steady growth in 2015.  However, as you plan for the increased workload and take stock of your firm’s leadership, project managers, project architects and project designers, you realize that during the economic downturn you and your fellow partners had to let go of several project leaders and now the leadership pool is looking slim and may not be sustainable for your projected future workload.  Being proactive, the partners have put you in charge of developing an internal effort to recognize and  grow leaders within the firm in order to address future needs. What type of program would you develop?  How would you identify the potential new leaders and encourage all staff to step up and improve their skill sets to become future practice leaders? In addition, how do you inspire existing firm leaders to encourage and help promising staff gain the necessary skills and confidence to become new leaders?

Congratulations to our 2014 Scholarship Recipients!


Nathan Blair
- graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Utah in 2014.  He will be returning to the U of U in the fall to complete work on a Masters of Architecture with an expected graduation in 2016.  Mr. Blair is currently employed with Epic Engineering located in Heber City, UT.  He has immensely enjoyed his time there helping to grow a newly established architecture department.  Upon completion of the Master’s degree program, it is Mr. Blair's intention to seek fulfillment of IDP credit hours with Epic Engineering.        

Mr. Blair's design interests center around identifying and isolating the spirit of our time with an affinity for communicating these visions through contemporary materials and methods.  Mr. Blair was recently able to implement these ideologies by competing in the CTBUH Student Tall Building Design Competition, receiving positive remarks. He is also looking forward to participating in the University of Utah's DesignBuildBLUFF program.   

During his free time, Mr. Blair will most likely be found fly fishing.  He also enjoys playing tennis, golf, billiards, and getting sushi on the weekends.  Mr. Blair is constantly striving to improve himself personally and professionally, and concludes in his own words, “My name is Nathan Blair.  I'm a lifelong student, an aspiring architect, and I'm a Mormon."

Read Nathan's case study response


Kevin Fletcher - grew up in Miami, FL and will be completing his Bachelors of Science in Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2015 with plans of attending graduate school in the fall of 2015.  During his time as an undergraduate student, Fletcher, a Dean’s List Scholar, has remained an active member of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).

In the summers throughout his college education, Fletcher has gained experience working as an Intern at BC Architects AIA, Inc.  Prior to graduation, he has applied his talents in areas of marketing presentations, conceptual design, design development, and construction documents.  All of which have contributed to his understanding of building systems, codes, and construction methods.  Following graduate school, Fletcher plans on pursuing his NCARB registration along with his LEED accreditation.

Apart from his academic and professional involvement within the field of architecture, Fletcher has spent time developing skills in other areas of graphic design, photography, and videography.  All the while, maintaining an active lifestyle along with a passion for travel.

Read Kevin's case study response

Other Past Recipients and Essays: 2013  | 2012