Lonn Combs, a clinical associate professor of architecture at the Rennsealer Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded the 2011 Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome.
The recognition provides the winner with a fellowship to explore the architectural resources of Italy, Europe and the academy.
As part of his fellowship, Combs will study the work of 20th-century Italian architect Luigi Nervi.
Luigi Nervi is known for his application of reinforced concrete as the principal building material in fluid, nearly organic structures.
Combs will explore the difference that access to modern computing tools could have made to the work of Nervi and his contemporaries.
The fellowship will commence in January 2012 and run through August 2012.