Architects Foundation Quadruples its Diversity Advancement Scholarships

Scholarship expansion provides financial support to 20 students enrolling in architecture studies.

Washington – The Architects Foundation is awarding 20 new multiyear scholarships to students attending NAAB-accredited schools of architecture, quadrupling the number of scholarships made in 2017.

The Foundation–the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)—is also more than doubling the number of students currently assisted by its multiyear scholarship program with a $1 million investment from the AIA. As part of the Foundation’s program, scholars receive $4,000 per year for up to five years.

Two of the new 20 scholars are funded by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation and will receive an additional $1,000 per year. The AIA Custom Residential Architects Network also funded a scholar this year who has expressed interest in residential architecture. Recipients of the 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarships will be recognized at the AIA Conference on Architecture (A’18) in New York City.

“The Diversity Advancement Scholarship was established by the AIA and the Ford Foundation following a 1968 speech by Whitney M. Young Jr. calling upon architects to do more for the community. Young’s charge included scholarships for minority students, and in 1970, 20 awards were made,” said Marci Reed, Executive Director of the Architects Foundation. “Fifty years after Young’s challenge, we are pleased to be back at this impressive level of effort to create a diverse next generation of architects and community builders.”

Eight scholarship recipients, including new scholars Maly Sears and Caroline Senyszyn, will attend A’18 this week, which was made possible in part by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, ConstructConnect, Cooper Carry, and Lord Aeck Sargent.

The 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients are:

  • Esmeralda Aceituno of Los Angeles, CA
  • Daniel Allen of Chicago, IL
  • Elizabeth Amigon of Sunnyside, NY
  • Annabelle Asali of Los Angeles, CA
  • Shanelle Brown of Fairhope, AL
  • Nina Crosby Walton of Frederick, MD
  • Andrea De Haro of Doral, FL
  • Genesis Gadberry of San Angelo, TX
  • Isabella Greco of Chicago, IL
  • Joya Ma of Phoenix, AZ
  • Lauren McLean of Mount Vernon, NY
  • Hana Morrison of Honolulu, HI (scholar funded by AIA Custom Residential Architects Network)
  • Amy Rojas of San Antonio, TX
  • Sarah Saad of East Elmhurt, NY
  • Maly Sears of Adrian, MO (scholar funded by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation)
  • Caroline Senyszyn of Fort Worth, TX (scholar funded by Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation)
  • Luiza Vara of Phoenix, AZ
  • Ania Yee-Boguinskaia of Houston, TX
  • Nahom Zeleke of Columbia, AL
  • Carolina Zuniga of Doral, FL

Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation & Architects Foundation announce 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients


Paint company’s foundation gives $50,000 in scholarships to two aspiring architects

Washington, DC – May 8, 2018 – Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, in partnership with the Architects Foundation, is announcing recipients of its 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship, which provides assistance to minority students who are pursuing a professional architecture degree recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

“We are proud to continue to support scholarship programs such as the Architects Foundation’s Diversity Advancement Scholarship and assist and encourage students who are pursuing careers in the architecture and interior design fields,” said Mike Searles, CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and Chairman of the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation. “We congratulate Caroline Senyszyn of Fort Worth, Texas and Maly Sears of Adrian, Missouri on earning the 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarships and look forward to seeing how the next generation of architects shapes the industry.”

As part of the scholarship, Senyszyn and Sears will each receive $5,000 annually for five years and will have the opportunity to attend the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City this June.

“Thanks to Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, we are able to provide the top two Diversity Advancement Scholarship recipients with additional funding and opportunities to travel to AIA’s annual conference,” said Marci Reed, Executive Director of the Architects Foundation. “We are truly grateful to Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation for their support of minority students aspiring to become architects.”

Over the past three years, Benjamin Moore Foundation has been committed to supporting the architecture and design fields, which has included donating $150,000 to support aspiring architects through the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program.

Each year, the program selects two candidates, which must be either high school seniors and transfer students planning to attend architecture school , or first-year college students currently enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program. In order to enroll, qualified candidates must submit two examples of their creative work, a high school transcript, a personal essay, and two letters of recommendation, among other requirements.

Complete details on the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program are available on the Architects Foundation website.

About Benjamin Moore & Co.
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of North America’s leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, Benjamin Moore & Co. maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The Benjamin Moore premium portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®Regal® SelectCENTURY®Ultra Spec®Natura® and ben®. The Benjamin Moore & Co. Family of Brands includes specialty and architectural paints from Coronado®, Lenmar® and Insl-x®. Benjamin Moore & Co. coatings are available primarily from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.

Charitable Giving at Benjamin Moore & Co.
Benjamin Moore and the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation are committed to enhancing North American communities. Through in-kind and financial donations, Benjamin Moore & the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation are able to support numerous national and regional nonprofits that embody their giving mission including AIA Architects Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Mission Continues and YouthBuild® USA, among others. Additionally, teams of Benjamin Moore employee volunteers give thousands of hours each year to charities across North America.

About The Architects Foundation
The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate architecture’s value by advancing tomorrow’s design leaders and preserving architectural treasures of the past. Through its scholarship programs, the Foundation aims to attract and cultivate a diverse next generation of architects, and provide new opportunities to support the evolution of the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships. For more information, visit the Architects Foundation website.

About The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state, and local chapters, 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. AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business. In addition, the Institute engages civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world.

Architects Foundation announces the Yann Weymouth Scholarship

Scholarship to provide financial support to architecture student and mentorship from Yann Weymouth, AIA.

Washington, DC – The Architects Foundation is announcing the establishment of a new scholarship program in honor of architect Yann Weymouth, AIA.

“I am deeply honored to be a part of this scholarship,” said Weymouth. “This opportunity will allow me to engage, mentor, and guide some of the most talented young architecture students so that they can carry the torch forward to shape our future. For that, I am deeply grateful.”

The Yann Weymouth Scholarship will be granted annually—beginning next year—to a graduate architecture student dedicated to integrating exceptional design with sustainable initiatives. In addition to financial support, students will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to personally seek guidance and support from Weymouth.

During his career, Weymouth served as chief of design for I.M. Pei on the National Gallery of Art East Wing in Washington and the Grand Louvre Project in Paris. In addition, he held positions as senior vice president, design director, and worldwide design board member for HOK Architects, where he contributed to four major museum commissions in the state of Florida. He now serves as Design Director of St. Pete Design Group.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Yann’s world-renowned career with this scholarship,” said Architects Foundation President Jeffery Potter, FAIA. “I look forward to seeing his impact on these students translate into successful careers in the architecture profession.”

The Architects Foundation held a private reception at the Octagon Thursday to honor Weymouth and announce the scholarship. At the event, Weymouth was joined by his daughter Katharine and his wife Susana; David Skorton, Smithsonian Institution; Chien Chung Pei, AIA, Pei Partnership Architects; William Hellmuth, FAIA, HOK; Charles Hine, Salvador Dalí Museum; Laura Hine, The James Museum; Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post.

The Architects Foundation and the Custom Residential Architects Network Fund Additional Diversity Advancement Scholarship


Washington, DC –
 The Architects Foundation announced today the expansion of the 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship program. Thanks to a generous $20,000 donation by the Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), an AIA Knowledge Community, an additional scholar will be selected.

The scholarship provides assistance to individuals from a minority race, ethnicity, or those diversely-abled, pursuing a professional degree in architecture recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Scholarships may be renewed for up to five years, up to a $20,000 award.

“By funding the scholarship, our goal is to help a student interested in custom residential architecture and put them on the track to successfully becoming a licensed architect,” said CRAN Chair John Stewart, AIA. “We are excited to welcome the scholar into our network.”
This is the very first pilot gift from the CRAN Legacy Committee, a committee that comprises all of knowledge community’s past chairs.

“The CRAN Legacy Committee’s goal is to evaluate and identify opportunities to give back to the profession,” said James Walbridge, AIA, CRAN Legacy Committee Member. “As chair of the Architects Foundation Scholarship Committee, I am honored that the CRAN Legacy Committee has chosen the Diversity Advancement Scholarship as its first investment.”

Through Jan. 17, 2018, applications are encouraged from qualified high school seniors planning to attend school for architecture, first-year college students currently enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program, and students intending to transfer to a NAAB-accredited architecture program from a technical school or community college. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and will be required to provide two examples of their creative work, high school transcripts, a personal essay, and two letters of recommendation, among other requirements. To apply, visit architectsfoundation.org/scholarships.

“The Custom Residential Architects Network has a robust network that, by sharing intellectual capital, encourages innovation in the field,” said Architects Foundation Executive Director Marci Reed, CFRE, MPA.  “By sponsoring a scholar interested in custom residential architecture, the CRAN is taking the next step toward growing the community and supporting the evolution of the profession. We are grateful for their support.”

Applications for the Diversity Advancement Scholarship are open until Jan. 17, 2018; scholarship winners will be notified in April 2018. To learn more about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program and how to apply, please visit architectsfoundation.org.

Payette and Architects Foundation Launch 2018-2019 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship Program


Boston
–  In partnership with the Architects Foundation, Payette today announced the opening of applications for the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship. This $10,000 scholarship provides assistance to women pursuing a professional degree in architecture recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Beginning today through January 17, 2018, qualified students entering at least their third year of undergraduate, or any level of graduate study, are encouraged to apply. Previous Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship recipients are also eligible to reapply.

“We are so pleased to partner with Payette on this scholarship,” said Marci B. Reed, Executive Director of the Architects Foundation. “In addition to being a long-time principal at Payette, Sho-Ping Chin was instrumental in defining the national discourse for women in design, and helped found the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit. This scholarship is a wonderful way to honor her memory.”

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and will be required to provide their resume, a personal essay, 5-10 examples of their creative work, and two letters of recommendation, among other requirements. To apply, visit architectsfoundation.org/scholarships.

“Sho-Ping was a wonderful mentor and instilled in her teams a sense of camaraderie and commitment to design,” said Kevin Sullivan, Payette’s President and long-time colleague of Sho-Ping. “The impact of her work at our firm and throughout the profession is still felt today. We are honored to continue her legacy and commitment to advancing women in architecture through this scholarship.”

Scholarship winners will be notified in April 2018. To learn more about the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship program and how to apply please visit architectsfoundation.org.

This is the first scholarship offered through the Architects Foundation specifically for women architecture students, named after a woman architect.

About Payette

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.

About The Architects Foundation

The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate 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 scholarship programming, thanks to a recent gift of $1 million from 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 the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships. Visit architectsfoundation.org.

The Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation and Architects Foundation Launch 2018-2019 Diversity Advancement Scholarship Program


Montvale, NJ –
 The Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, in partnership with The Architects Foundation, today announced the opening of the application period for the 2018-2019 Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship program. The scholarship provides assistance to individuals from a minority race or ethnicity pursuing a professional degree in architecture recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Beginning today through January 17, 2018, qualified high school seniors planning to attend school for architecture and first-year college students currently enrolled in a NAAB-accredited architecture program are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and will be required to provide two examples of their creative work, high school transcripts, a personal essay and two letters of recommendation, among other requirements. To apply, visit http://www.architectsfoundation.org/scholarships.

“The Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation is proud to continue its partnership with the American Institute of Architects Foundation and once again fund the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program for the third consecutive year,” said Mike Searles, CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and Chairman of Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation. “We are committed to providing students of interior design and architecture the opportunity to advance in their studies and encourage qualified candidates to pursue a scholarship through this program.”

The scholarship awards up to $20,000 for up to five years of undergraduate study, but thanks to additional funding from the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, the top two students will be awarded $5,000 each per year for up to five years, and will have the opportunity to attend the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City next summer.

“It is because of the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation’s generosity that we are able to increase the awards for our top two scholarship candidates,” said Architects Foundation Executive Director Marci Reed, CFRE, MPA. “We are grateful for Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation’s commitment not only to funding these students but also providing them access to the profession’s largest annual networking and educational event.”

Scholarship winners will be notified in April 2018 and the top two will have the opportunity to attend the 2018 annual AIA Conference on Architecture taking place June 21- 23 in New York City. To learn more about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program and how to apply please visit https://architectsfoundation.org/.

About Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore & Co., a Berkshire Hathaway company, was founded in 1883. One of North America’s leading manufacturers of premium quality residential, commercial and industrial maintenance coatings, Benjamin Moore & Co. maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The Benjamin Moore premium portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®Regal® SelectNatura® and ben®. The Benjamin Moore & Co. Family of Brands includes specialty and architectural paints from Coronado®Lenmar® and Insl-x®. Benjamin Moore & Co. coatings are available primarily from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.

Charitable Giving at Benjamin Moore & Co.
Benjamin Moore and the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation are committed to enhancing North American communities. Through in-kind and financial donations, Benjamin Moore & the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation are able to support numerous national and regional nonprofits that embody their giving mission including AIA Architects Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation The Mission Continues and YouthBuild®, among others. Additionally, teams of Benjamin Moore employee volunteers give thousands of hours each year to charities across North America.

About The Architects Foundation
The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate 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 scholarship programming, thanks to a recent gift of $1 million from 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 the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships.

Architects Foundation Names New Executive Director

 

Washington, DC– The Architects Foundation Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Marci Reed, CFRE, MPA, to serve as the Executive Director of the organization. Starting on October 2nd, Reed will be responsible for all programs and activities related to the Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Reed joins the Architects Foundation from Southface Energy Institute, where she served as the Chief Officer of Development and Communications. At Southface, Reed directed key management initiatives, oversaw fundraising and communications activities, and served as a spokesperson for the organization. Reed was also Southface’s first director of development and communications from 2000-2006.

“We couldn’t be more confident in the skills that Marci brings to the Architects Foundation,” said Jeffery Potter, FAIA, who chairs the Foundation Board. “She also brings creativity and proven leadership, so I’m excited for the Foundation’s future in expanding the role it plays in improving the profession.”

Reed has previous AIA experience, including serving as Executive Director of AIA Georgia, AIA Atlanta, and the Architecture Foundation of Georgia. Reed attended Georgia State University, where she earned a BA in English and then completed her MPA, Nonprofit Management.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Architects Foundation at this exciting moment,” Reed said. “After last year’s generous gift to the Foundation of $1M from AIA, we are able to expand the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program for 2018-2019 and give more students the chance to pursue a successful career in architecture. At the same time, we will look to enhance our preservation efforts and pursue additional programming areas for the future.”

The application submission period for the Architects Foundation’s Diversity Advancement Scholarships will open on October 25, 2017.  Learn more at architectsfoundation.org.

About The Architects Foundation
The Architects Foundation was created to celebrate 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 scholarship programming, thanks to a recent gift of $1 million from 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 the profession. The Architects Foundation also preserves the historic Octagon building in the nation’s capital, seeking ways to best express the values of historic preservation work and keep the Octagon’s legacy alive with exhibits, educational programs and partnerships.

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 nearly 300 state and local chapters, 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. 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.

Architects Foundation announces winner of the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship

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 Architects (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. 

The Architects Foundation announces three additional recipients of the Diversity Advancement Scholarship

Washington, D.C. – The Architects Foundation has selected three additional recipients for the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarship. Tiffany Chang of Bellevue, WA, Omer Gorashi of Reston, VA and Louis Suarez of Pittsburgh, PA, will each receive $4,000 each year for up to five years of study. The Diversity Advancement Scholarship program was developed to encourage diversity in the architecture profession.

The Architects Foundation awards the Diversity Advancement Scholarships annually to rising first- and second-year students from a minority background who intend to study in a NAAB-accredited architecture program. These scholarships are supported by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and, in the 2018-19 school year, the program will likely double its size, thanks to a 2016 gift of $1 million from the AIA. Two Diversity Advancement scholarships funded by Giving Moore, a foundation of Benjamin Moore & Co., were announced in April. Chang, Gorashi, and Suarez and will join 11 other students in the 2017-18 school year participating in the Foundation’s scholarship program.

Tiffany Chang

Chang is a high school senior at Bellevue Christian School in Clyde Hill, Washington. A member of the National Honor Society, she has also been recognized as an AP Scholar. Chang has participated in the ACE (Architecture/Construction/Engineering) Mentor Program for the past three years, working with mentors from Freiheit & Ho Architects and MG2. She is proficient in Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin), and is working on becoming quadrilingual in Spanish.

Omer Gorashi

Gorashi is a senior at South Lakes High School. He is originally from Kosti, Sudan and was raised in Northern Virginia. He is passionate about social justice and global affairs, which has driven him to research housing for refugees. His favorite architect is AIA Gold Medal winner Moshe Safdie.

Louis Suarez

Suarez is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently a first year architecture student at Carnegie Mellon University. His student work reflects a sensibility to highly crafted images that use both analogue and digital techniques to create moving experiential spaces. Suarez is also an active member of his community, and has volunteered nearly 500 hours to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He plans to continue moving his community forward as he embarks on his profession as an architect.

The scholarship jury, chaired by Foundation Board member James Walbridge, AIA, of Lincoln, NE, is comprised of a diverse group of teaching professionals and practitioners of the profession.  For more information about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship, please visit architectsfoundation.org/education.

The Architects Foundation and GIVING MOORE Announce the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarship Recipients

Washington, D.C. – The Architects Foundation, in partnership with GIVING MOORE, a foundation of Benjamin Moore & Co., have selected the recipients of the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarship. The scholarship provides assistance to individuals from a minority race or ethnicity pursuing a professional degree in architecture recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The selected students will receive one $5,000 scholarship each in 2017 and an additional $5,000 each per year for up to five years of their undergraduate architectural studies.

Qualified applicants were required to submit a comprehensive essay detailing their personal journey and how it impacts their interest in architecture, along with examples of their creative work and letters of recommendation. The two winners selected by the panel of judges are:

  • Leslie Epps, rising Sophomore at The City College of New York, who plans to pursue a career in architecture that enables her to travel the world, design in other countries and expand her global experiences.
  • Sierra Callwood, rising Freshman at Tulane University, whose interests early on in robotics, art and history influenced her passion for the multifaceted discipline of architecture.

“It is an honor to recognize Leslie and Sierra with this scholarship,” said Jeff Potter, FAIA, President of the Architects Foundation. “Their hard work and desire to enter the profession serves as source of inspiration to those of us at the Architects Foundation and practicing architects everywhere. We look forward to the perspectives these scholars bring in shaping communities in the future.”

“We extend our sincere congratulations to Leslie Epps and Sierra Callwood, recipients of the 2017 Diversity Advancement Scholarships,” said Mike Searles, CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. and Chairman of GIVING MOORE. “We are proud to support the next generation of architects and are committed to helping enhance their educational and professional development as they pursue careers in the architecture field.”

Additionally, GIVING MOORE is continuing its support of the 2015 winners providing financial assistance throughout the remaining time in their current five-year programs. To learn more about the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program visit www.architectsfoundation.org/education.