Spencer De Mille Traveling Fellowship Award

The IIDA NPC Spencer de Mille Traveling Fellowship

The Spencer de Mille Traveling Fellowship was established with funds contributed by the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter Knowledge Advancement Fund in honor of past president, Spencer de Mille. The fellowship is intended to support foreign travel undertaken to research new and innovative practices related to the built environment that will further the recipient’s career goals and could have positive implications for the  Northern Pacific Chapter community.

Check out our latest winner!
2018/2019 Winner: Elizabeth Mahan, Assoc. IIDA 
Click here to visit her website.

Applications will be accepted from individuals who have been a Member of the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter for 3 consecutive years or more.

Applicants may be of any IIDA membership category and experience level , so long as that membership remains in good standing.

If the proposed travel will be done through an established program (such as Habitat for Humanity or similar), the proposal must reflect applicant’s personal research objectives independent of the program objectives.


  • Completed Applicant Information form (attached)
  • An 800-word proposal describing your objective for the trip, its relationship to your current work/career goals and it’s relevance to the greater Northern Pacific community.
  • Two (2) letters of reference from an employer, former teacher, or colleague in support of proposal.
  • An itinerary, including approximate travel dates
  • An estimated budget

One fellowship award of $5,000 may be awarded every 2 years, to the most qualified applicant, as deemed acceptable to the review committee. Applications will be due in the spring of every other year. The Award announcement will be made within one month of application deadline. The award will be disbursed prior to the recipient’s need to confirm travel arrangements.

Traveler will have 12 months from the date of the award to complete the travel. Traveler will be expected to post a minimum of (5) real time blog entries or podcasts (with relevant photographs and/or sketches) to an online media outlet of their choosing, as preapproved by the Chapter.

Upon completion of travel, the recipient of the award must provide a full written dissertation of the experience with supporting photographic and/or sketch documentation. Recipient will also be required to make an in-person presentation to the IIDA membership and the local design community. The final deliverable should include:

  • Brief explanation of the goals of the research trip, and it’s personal relevance to the traveler
  • Outline of experiences, progress and conclusions
  • Description of how the resulting knowledge could have a positive impact on the design practice in the Pacific Northwest.

The IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter has sole authority for granting the award. A jury of design professionals from outside the Chapter will determine the recipient and their decision will be final. IIDA reserves the right to withhold the award if no applicants meet the criteria. All applications and supporting material become the property of the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter.

Applications must be received by e-mail by March 31, 2018.

Completed application and requested attachments should be emailed directly to the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter at info@iida-northernpacific.org.

Include ‘TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION’ in the subject line.

Questions can be directed to:  info@iida-northernpacific.org


Award made on April 30, 2018 (or first Monday thereafter)

Winner has one year to complete the travel ending April 30, 2019

Winner has 3 months to complete final paper and plan presentation (presentation dates slated for September 2019 )

Call for entries for new Traveling Fellowship cycle in December 2019.


Check out our past winners below!


2016/2017 Winner: Dan Beert
Drawing on Florence

2014/2015 Winner: Gloria Cornell