The Rowena Reed Kostellow Fund


29 April 2019

2019 Rowena Student Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Rowena Reed Kostellow student prize winners! Some of the work is on display in at Pratt Studios! Ignacio Urbina did a beautiful job of documenting the juried event (It’s in Spanish, but Google will instantly translate it!)

The jury is very happy to award these cash prizes to:

  • Pierce Reid (Senior): $1500
  • Hansol Jung (Junior): $1000
  • Jason Chen (Sophomore): $500
  • William Stafford (Graduate Program): $1000

Thanks for all your support!

About the RRK Fund

The Rowena Reed Kostellow Fund at Pratt Institute was organized after her death in 1988 to continue her teachings by supporting scholarships, publishing and programs. Rowena, with her husband Alexander Kostellow and Donald Dohner, created Pratt's Industrial Design program merging form, function, and industry. Their objective was to develop an education system based on analysis of abstract visual relationships that would be valid for all forms of visual expression, including architecture, product design, graphic design, and fine art.

The program flourished and became the foundation of many courses and ID programs around the world. For over 50 years, Rowena taught three-dimensional design at Pratt, where she told her students “If you can't make it more beautiful, what's the point?”

Since 1997 the Fund has awarded thousands of dollars in cash and scholarships encouraging students’ commitment to excellence.

Learn more about Rowena, her teaching methodology, and Pratt Institute in Gail Hannah's book, Elements of Design: The Structure of Visual Relationships, published by Princeton Architectural Press.