Dan Burkett of the School of Architecture and Design and Jeffrey
Architecture student Taisiia Kolisnyk is the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s overall Outstanding Master’s Graduate for Fall 2021.
She was among five finalists for the award. Each will be recognized at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, during a Fall 2021 Commencement ceremony for the Graduate School at the Cajundome.
The Outstanding Masters Graduate Award is given to an exemplary graduating senior of Graduate School in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. Each graduate program can nominate one student for the award, based on leadership, scholarship, service, and research. An Alumni Association committee interviews the finalists and chooses an overall Outstanding Master’s Graduate.
Kolisnyk is this year’s overall honoree. In addition, she represents the School of Architecture and Design in the College of the Arts as an Outstanding Master’s Graduate Finalist. She is pursuing a master of architecture.
As the college’s Digital Fabrication Lab operator, Kolisnyk coordinates fabrication projects by students who use digital technology. As part of one project, privacy panels were created and placed between students’ desks for social distancing. She also mentors undergraduate architecture students and student-athletes.
Kolisnyk represented the School of Architecture and Design at the National Organization of Minority Architects student design competition in Oakland, Ca.
She assisted an architectural firm that offered design services to underrepresented groups in New Orleans. She also contributed to the 1020 House project built as part of a collaboration between the University and Habitat for Humanity.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from UL Lafayette in 2020. She also holds an associate degree in international information from the Kharkov National University in the Ukraine.
She will work at Corgan, an international design firm in Dallas, Texas.