Training and Recruitment

2021 Architects Foundation Scholars Selected

Washington – The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects, continues to support diversity in the architecture profession by awarding its Diversity Advancement Scholarship to 12 students entering architecture school.

Each of the students will receive $4,000 per year toward tuition for the next five years, totaling $20,000 each. The Architects Foundation’s scholarship programs support future leaders of the profession in equity, diversity, and sustainability.

This year’s recipients of the Diversity Advancement Scholarship are Zuleika Baldeo (Curry Stone Foundation Scholar), Windsor Mill, Md.; Naomi Charlesworth, Bloomington, Ind.; Fionn Hu, Chicago; Kaleb Jenkins, St. Louis; Danielle Mitchell, Tenafly, N.J.; Joshua Patrick, Atlanta; Taylor Pinkney, Prosper, Texas; Laura Pisciotte, Hollywood, Fla.; Olivia Salinas, Helotes, Texas; Geremiah Tallas (Safdie Architects scholar) San Antonio; Lavinia Vete, Midvale, Utah; and Rachell Wiggins, Missouri City, Texas.

In addition, The Payette Sho-Ping Chin memorial academic scholarship went to Brittney Sooksengdao, a student at Virginia Tech, who will receive a $10,000 scholarship intended to support the education of women in architecture.

The 2021 a/e ProNet David W. Lakamp AIA scholarship was awarded to Alexandra Gottlin, University of Oregon, and Schola Eburuoh, Harvard Graduate School of Design. Each will receive $5,000 to be used toward tuition for demonstrating a strong interest in practice and risk management.

The Yann Weymouth graduate scholarship was given to Josh Greene, a student at Yale University, who will receive a $5,000 scholarship toward tuition for demonstrating an exemplary work focus of design that includes sustainability, resilience, wellness, and beauty.