Architect Jose Sama has been awarded second prize in the 1993 Rotch Travelling Scholarship design competition.
He will receive a stipend and four months of travel to study architecture in foreign countries. Sama is planning to visit Japan and the Yucatan peninsula.
More than 70 entries were received from candidates whose challenge was to "design a house for urban America". Ten finalists advanced and they were asked to "design a library for Lowell, Mass."
The Rotch Travelling Scholarship was founded in 1883 for advancement of education in architecture.
Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens under 35 years of age. Candidates must meet requirements that include having a degree from an accredited school of architecture in Massachusetts and/or professional experience with an architecture firm in that state.
Sama earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and his master's degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Tampa and is a partner at Ranon & Partners Architects.