William D Chilton, FAIA, RIBA (MArch, 1980), and Jon Pickard, FAIA, RIBA, co-founders of the architecture firm Pickard Chilton in New Haven, CT, have established the Pickard Chilton Fellowship, an endowed fund for Master of Architecture students, at the University of Minnesota, College of Design's School of Architecture.
As a Principal of the internationally renowned practice Pickard Chilton, Chilton has collaborated on projects internationally. In addition to the U.S., he has practiced in the Middle East, Asia, South American and Africa. However, he returned to his roots in Minnesota and Iowa when the time came to give back to the schools where he received his architectural education. They have set up similar funds at their undergraduate alma mater, Iowa State University College of Design, and Pickard's graduate school, the Yale School of Architecture.
"The need for external support for public and private universities has never been greater in order to elevate, not just sustain, the quality of architectural education," Chilton said. "We hope that our support draws attention to the fact that, now more than ever, it is essential to support those institutions in the hope that the quality of education can be further enhanced for the current and next generation of students."
"What sets Pickard Chilton's architecture apart is the clarity and directness with which they create relationships with their buildings," said Tom Fisher, professor and dean at the University of Minnesota College of Design. "At the same time, they have underscored their strong relationships with three schools of architecture with these significant gifts, creating permanent funds that help programs attract outstanding students and faculty."
Chilton received a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture in 1980 and is a member of the University of Minnesota College of Design Dean's Advisory Board. Pickard Chilton has also supported the Design Democracy Fellowship and other student support funds in the college.