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Image from winning Rotch 2009 project. Boston Ice Storage building.

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Joshua Simoneau, 2008 Rotch Scholar

Joshua Simoneau of Koetter Kim & Associates in Boston has been named the 2008 Rotch Travelling Scholar. As winner, Simoneau received a stipend of $35,000 to spend eight months traveling throughout Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Russia, Denmark, England, Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands, Spain and Greece.

First runner-up was Eric Weyant, who works at ADD Inc. He is invited to compete in next year’s final competition without reentering the preliminary stage and is the 2008 alternate if Simoneau declines the scholarship.

This year’s finalists also included Gabriel Bergeron of Miller Boehm Architects, Ramsey Bakhoum of Payette, Robert Alexander of Patrick Quigley and Associates in Torrence, California, and Robert Genova AIA of Ann Beha Architects.

Thirty-five competitors participated in the preliminary competition, in which they were challenged to create an urban-design proposal for a Boston public market. In the second phase of the design competition, the six finalists were charged with developing a community arts center for Dudley Square.

In his winning scheme, Simoneau presented a masterplan and design that incorporated housing on Harrison Avenue, retail use on Warren Street, two theaters, an urban stage and an enclosed basketball court with an adjacent Internet café and amphitheater seating.

Joshua Simoneau

Joshua Simoneau in 2007 earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a minor in economics. While attending Syracuse, Joshua was a member of a winning interdisciplinary design team for the Off the Wall competition, which marked the opening of the Maysles Film "The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005" as part of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's The Gates installation. The winning entry entitle "Syracuse heART" was installed on the facade of Syracuse University's Lublin House in New York City from February to March 2005.

Joshua also served as president of the Syracuse Architecture Student Organization and was awarded the Myron Jordan Scholarship and Revels Study Abroad Scholarship.

Joshua is currently working at Koetter Kim & Associates, where he has been involved various international urban-design projects as well as The New Humanities Building at Cornell University. Previously he was employed at Michael Dennis & Associates.

Past winners