Washington, D.C. – The Architects Foundation today announced the winner of its Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship, established by Payette Associates Inc. of Boston to assist and honor female architecture students. Olivia Huang, 24, a Master’s of Architecture student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will receive $10,000 toward tuition.
Huang was born, raised, and educated in New Jersey, where she learned ballet, piano, and attended Princeton University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, then moved to Boston to attend graduate school at MIT. Huang also works on systemic design with the Agncy, a Boston-based nonprofit focusing on affordable housing development, and theorizing about games and play. This summer Huang will intern at MASS Design Group or researching the justice system for her thesis project.
The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship was established at The Architects Foundation to encourage the continuing education of female students in architecture. The scholarship is named after Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA, a long-time principal at the architecture firm Payette, a health-care practice leader, and Fellow and leader in the American Institute of Architecture (AIA). She was a talented and compassionate architect who was fiercely determined to design healthcare architecture of the highest caliber for those in need. Chin was an impactful mentor who instilled within her teams a sense of camaraderie and commitment to design. As a founder of the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, held biennially, Chin was instrumental in defining the national discourse for Women in Design.
About The Architects Foundation
The Architects Foundation celebrates architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. The Architects Foundation is positioning itself for new success, preparing to launch a momentous increase in our scholarship program, thanks to a recent gift of $1 million from the AIA. By enhancing the program, the Foundation aims to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of our profession. Visit architectsfoundation.org
About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through over 200 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.
About Payette Associates Inc.
Payette is a leading architectural design firm in Boston, MA specializing in the programming, planning, and design of complex buildings for medical and scientific research, academic teaching, and healthcare. For more than three quarters of a century, Payette has practiced innovation in these highly technical buildings while developing a culture based on deep readings of program as one of the essential subtexts of architecture. This thorough understanding of how hospitals and laboratories work has helped clients transcend function to transform places and improve people’s lives. For more information, please visit www.payette.com.