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Scholarship Supports Architecture Students

Jane and Kevin Roche

New Haven, CT – A new scholarship fund by the Connecticut Architecture Foundation (CAF) that honors Pritzker Prize recipient, architect Kevin Roche and his wife Jane, has been established by the couple’s children to celebrate their parents’ historic contributions and support architecture students as they step into architecture and design careers.

Called the Jane & Kevin Roche Scholarship Fund, the program’s $150,000 seed money was secured through the Roche family’s decision to repurpose Roche’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, a Henry Moore sculpture, Two Piece Reclining Figure: Cut.

The event to commemorate the establishment of the scholarship fund was held on April 28 at the Yale School of Architecture in Paul Rudolph Hall. It included comments by Deborah Berke, dean of the Yale School of Architecture; Cynthia Davidson, architecture critic; and Brennan Buck, Yale School of Architecture senior critic; as well as a recorded video remembrance of Kevin Roche by more recent Pritzker Prize winners Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects.

Monetary donations are encouraged to the scholarship that will award money in 2023 and annually after that to select students who have completed two years in accredited undergraduate architectural programs or have been accepted into an accredited graduate program.

“The Roche family’s creation of this scholarship fund in celebration of their parents’ significant architectural contributions is commendable,” says Jay Brotman, AIA, board member of CAF, and managing partner of Svigals + Partners. “We are enthusiastic supporters of CAF and the influential work of Kevin Roche. His passing in 2019 reminds us of the power of exceptional architecture and the importance of supporting new talent in the field.”