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DIALOG’s 2023 Michael Evamy Scholarship Recipient Ties Adoption to Architecture

June 6, 2023

DIALOG and the Michael Evamy Scholarship Board of Trustees are pleased to offer the 2023 Michael Evamy Scholarship to Lukas Ewing, UBC Bachelor of Environmental Design graduate and Master of Architecture candidate.

The scholarship is awarded to a Canadian student attending a Canadian school of architecture in their second last year of study to undertake a research project of interest relevant to the practice of architecture. Lukas will explore adoption and transient spaces in his thesis titled ‘From One to Another’.

My research is an exploration of intercountry child adoption, its associated architectural space, and the complexities within the process. It focuses on the uncertainty individuals confront while navigating unfamiliar spaces and experiences.

—Lukas Ewing, Michael Evamy Scholarship recipient

His proposal looks at adoption from Vietnam to North America through an architectural lens and speculates how the built environment can ease moments of transition—a topic very personal to Lukas as a child adopted from Vietnam at five months old. Lukas has been awarded $5,000 to undertake the research project, with a secondary amount of $3,000 for project-related expenses.

With a wide variety of proposal submissions from architecture students across Canada, the DIALOG selection committee was impressed with Lukas’ proposal, recognizing the importance of bringing a sense of belonging to those first experiencing Canada.

“We are so fortunate to live in a country that welcomes thousands of immigrants every year,” shares Nicole Moyo, DIALOG urban designer, intern architect and jury member. “Lukas’ thesis encourages us to refocus on architecture for humanity.”

The jury saw potential for the research to go beyond international adoption to consider how spaces of transition can respond to the wellbeing of all newcomers when recognized as an important step in their arrival. “We’re excited to see how Lukas uses his personal story to empower others through architecture,” Moyo adds.

Upon completion, Lukas will present his findings in 2024. The next call for submissions for the 2024 Michael Evamy Scholarship will open in December 2023.

A big thank you to the DIALOG jury team Diego Morettin, Jim Montgomery, Donna Clare, Nicole Moyo, and Doug McConnell for their efforts and dedication in selecting the scholarship recipient.

Congratulations Lukas!

Taken from Lukas’ submission proposal, illustrating his parent’s journey in
the process of intercountry adoption.

Taken from Lukas’ submission proposal, illustrating a context diagram exploring ‘facility’ versus ‘home’.

Taken from Lukas’ submission proposal, illustrating the process of intercountry adoption in Vietnam.

About the Michael Evamy Scholarship

DIALOG established the Michael Evamy Scholarship Foundation to honour the memory of Michael Evamy, a partner instrumental in building its integrated practice from 1966 to 1993. The award provides financial assistance to the selected Canadian student attending a Canadian school of architecture in the second last year of study, to undertake a research project in a field of interest and relevant to the practice of architecture.