Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Francis Aguillard.

Posted by Diane Toroian Keaggy June 12, 2015

 

Nine Washington University alumni—including one from the Sam Fox School—have been selected to conduct research or teach English this year as participants in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The program recognizes talented students who are committed to promoting global collaboration and understanding through research and teaching.

Francis Aguillard, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the Sam Fox School in 2013, will pursue an MSc in City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Since graduation, Aguillard has worked as a designer at Waggonner & Ball Architects in New Orleans. Among other projects, he assisted with the award-winning Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, created by an international Dutch-American team led by Waggonner & Ball. 

"When I started working for Waggonner & Ball, I did not know I would work on the firm's urban design and planning projects," Aguillard said. "However, I had many studios at WashU that focused on landscape and urbanism. Thus, my assignments at Waggonner & Ball afforded me the great opportunity to continue learning about issues at the intersection of ecology, policy, design, engineering, and sociology once back in my hometown of New Orleans."

"Looking to formalize this interest in the city and its resource-supplying environs, I sought out urban-oriented graduate design programs to strengthen my understanding of environments and contexts beyond the building wall," he continued. That led him apply to both the LSE's City Design and Social Science program—which appeals to his desire to incorporate the social sciences into his design work—and to the Fulbright Program.

"It's a great honor to be a designer within a program that hosts students from a wide variety of disciplines and to help represent the value of architectural and design thinking," Aguillard said. "Just as I believe buildings should be engaged with their contexts, I believe that the disciplinary pursuit of architecture must be engaged within academic institutions and in relationship to other disciplines. The Fulbright Program and the LSE are fantastic opportunities for me to apply this philosophy.”

Additional Washington University Fulbright Participants

Daniel Bromberg, who earned a degree in anthropology from Arts & Sciences in 2015, will study public health in the Netherlands.

Janice Cantieri, who earned a degree in international and area studies from Arts & Sciences in 2015, will study crisis journalism in Fiji.

Sarah Cohen, who earned a degree in urban studies in Arts & Sciences in 2011, will teach English in Columbia.

Mackenzie Findlay, who earned a degree in women, gender and sexuality studies from Arts & Sciences in 2015, will teach English in Indonesia.

Christian Gordon, who earned a degree in educational studies from Arts & Sciences in 2015, will teach English in Turkey.

Caroline Gutman, who earned a graduate degree in Chinese from Arts & Sciences in 2009, will study economic development in China.

Alexander Lu, who earned a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Arts & Sciences in 2015, will research spinal cord injuries in Germany.

Jeffrey Woodham, who earned a degree in international and area studies from Arts & Sciences in 2014, will teach English in Jordan.