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July 21, 2020

2019 RAMSA Prize Recipients to present "Governed by Hierarchy: Japan’s Samurai Districts"

2019 RAMSA Prize Recipients to present "Governed by Hierarchy: Japan’s Samurai Districts"

On July 21, 2020 at 6:00pm Eastern Time, 2019 RAMSA Prize recipients Brenna Decker and Caitlin B. Getman, will discuss their travels throughout southern Japan to catalogue and analyze six preserved samurai districts. Now in its fifth year, the RAMSA Prize is a $6,000 grant awarded annually by the partners of Robert A.M. Stern Architects to individuals within the firm for the purpose of travel and research. This two-week-long fellowship promotes explorations into a location’s sense of place and is intended to encourage RAMSA design staff to engage in targeted research into a city, town, or place, in a way that can meaningfully inform design work. In addition, the prize allows staff to pursue personal interests as an extension of the firm’s research-based design principles.

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Brenna Decker, Senior Associate, joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 2015 and served as project manager for a mixed-use development in the Binhai New District of Tianjin, China. She contributed to the design and management of Jinjiang Uptown, a mixed-use development in Jinjiang, China and a new residential development in Shanghai featuring mid- and high-rise apartment towers and an amenities clubhouse. Brenna serves as the communications coordinator for RAMSA's Women's Leadership Initiative.

Caitlin B. Getman, Senior Associate, joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 2014 and served as project architect and manager for the new downtown campus of the University of Central Florida and as project architect for the South College Street Residence Hall as well as the master plan for the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Center, both at the University of Delaware. In 2019, Caitie joined the Society of College and University Planning’s National Membership Committee as the At-Large Director. She was recently named a 2020 Emerging Leader by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.

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