Silvia Kim

Scholar since

Scholarship received
Diversity Advancement Scholarship


Carnegie Mellon University

Honolulu, HI

Silvia Kim is a rising freshman at Carnegie Mellon University, where she plans to study architecture after graduating with honors from Punahou School. Living in Hawaii for almost the entirety of her life, she developed an affinity for nature which drove her to volunteer in environmental conservation, mentor kids in outdoor education, and participate in a volcanology/geology summer research program at a local university. She also has a passion for art and visual storytelling, which she has expressed through contributing official designs for her school, creating comics, and obtaining a Silver
Medal for Architecture at the national level for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. As she does with ink and paper, her goal is to tell stories, teach, and preserve cultural values by interacting with users through buildings. Through the opportunities from the Diversity Advancement Scholarship, she hopes to take her interest in biomimicry beyond the scholarly articles and websites and into the field of researching natural functions to broaden her horizons in architecture and develop this critical device into her storytelling endeavors