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American College of the Building Arts Graduate Receives Prestigious Fellowship to Study in France
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - American College of the Building Arts, fellowship, stonemason, Coubertin Foundation, stone wood metal crafts
Contributed By: American College of the Building Arts
Email The Author: waltonb@buildingartscollege.us
Website: http://www.buildingartscollege.us

Charleston, SC—Stonemason Meghan Elizabeth Shogan (Class of 2011) has been chosen to attend the Coubertin Foundation, a prestigious French educational center for intensive training in stone, wood, and metal crafts.  Shogan will receive full funding from the American Friends of the Coubertin, which chose Meghan from a highly-competitive pool of applicants.  She is only the second American to attend the French program, and will join 30 other young artisans for intensive training beginning in the fall.  

Shogan is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and received four years training in masonry and architectural stone at ACBA.  Her senior capstone project was a curved stone tracery window with leaded stained glass.  Meghan has had summer internships at Lincoln Cathedral and at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.  ACBA President Colby M. Broadwater credits Meghan’s talent and discipline for her selection, and is thrilled that her training at ACBA prepared her for the prestigious Coubertin Foundation—“Having Meghan selected for this world-class course validates the quality of our process at ACBA.  All of us in the College family are proud to have had her here and represent us in France.  We wish her all the best!” 

Over 11 months, the 30 fellows will spend 1,000 hours studying their crafts in the classroom, workshop, and on visits to cultural landmarks like Versailles and Mont Saint-Michel, where they will receive special behind-the-scenes tours from curators.  Classroom work will include math, drawing and drafting, management and accounting, French, world culture, pedagogy of their own trade, and computer assisted design (CAD).  

Coubertin executes work for the Palace at Versailles and for major corporate and private connoisseurs throughout the world.    While the Foundation is 50 years old, it draws on the traditions of the Compagnonnage, or associations of craftsmen going back to the time of the construction of medieval cathedrals in France.  The present-day form is the Association Ouvierière des Compagnons du Devoir, which has served as a model for ACBA.  Several members of the Compagnonnage, including current timber framing instructor Bruno Sutter, have taught at the College.

The American Friends of the Coubertin (AFC), based in Chicago, raises funds to send promising young American craftsmen to train with European masters at the French institution.  The fellowships provide an expense paid year to qualified young artisans.  The Coubertin Foundation has been operating for 50 years, but until last year all the fellows were from France and other European countries.  American Friends of Coubertin seeks to provide American craftsmen with this unique opportunity.  

François Velde, a Board member of the AFC spoke highly of Meghan, who was chosen out of a competitive applicant pool—“Meghan seemed to us to have both the knowledge and experience of her trade that would allow her to derive the greatest profit from her stay at Coubertin.  Her application was well put together, convincing, and her age was particularly suitable for the program.” 

The American College of the Building Arts is the only four-year liberal arts college in America educating and training artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment, and understanding of the world’s architectural heritage.  Founded in 1998, the college was designed to meet a national need for educated artisans to serve as leaders in historic preservation and quality new construction.  For more information, please visit our website at www.buildingartscollege.us.

Becca Walton, Grant Writer and Development Officer
American College of the Building Arts
21 Magazine Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Office: 843.577.5245 ext. 1202
Cell: 843.814.0411
www.buildingartscollege.us

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Keywords: American College of the Building Arts, fellowship, stonemason, Coubertin Foundation, stone wood metal crafts

Posted: July 19, 2011
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