New scholarship for architectural school. Toronto-based LGA Architectural Partners, which designed the new School of Architecture at Laurentian University in Sudbury, has established an annual scholarship with a $10,000 endowment. Starting in 2016, the Rya and Eric Levitt Memorial Award will benefit an Aboriginal student entering first year at the architecture school. The award has been named in honour of founding principal Janna Levitt’s late parents, who both had a deep connection to Ontario’s Northern and Aboriginal arts communities. LGA says it shares the couple’s spirit of engagement, as the practice aims to create regionally specific, socially relevant architecture. The School of Architecture will help revitalize its downtown locale. It was designed in consultation with local citizens, including the area’s English, French and Aboriginal groups, to ensure cultural inclusivity. It will also offer a much-needed hub, with its mix of new and adaptive re-use buildings as well as an all-season public courtyard.
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