Lucy Creagh, an Australian architect and doctoral candidate at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, has been named a winner of the Swedish Women's Educational Association (SWEA) scholarship.
The $6,000 prize, offered to advance Creagh's research in Swedish cultural studies, was recently awarded at Columbia's Deutsches Haus, at a traditional Swedish crayfish party sponsored by the New York chapter of SWEA. Presenting the award was Christina Moliteus, president of SWEA-International, a nonprofit global organization for Swedish and Swedish-speaking women that sponsors the annual competition.
Creagh's dissertation is titled "Seizing the Means of Consumption: Consumer Cooperation, The Home, and The Permeation of Modern Design Ideals in Sweden 1924 to the 1950s." Her work explains the role of the cooperative movement in Sweden and its influence on Swedish architecture, design and consumption during the first decades of Swedish social democracy. The scholarship jury was convinced that her work will contribute significantly to the dissemination of Swedish cultural history to the English-speaking world.