J.E.D.I. Training and Recruitment

Scholarship Fosters Diversity in Design

Boston Architectural College

Cambridge, MA – HMFH Architects, in partnership with Boston Architectural College (BAC), announced the establishment of the HMFH Scholarship Fund, created to expand academic opportunities for students underrepresented in the architecture and design professions. This new scholarship aims to increase access to these professions for Black, Indigenous, and people of color; first-generation college students; students with disabilities; and other underrepresented populations. Creation of the scholarship continues a decades-long relationship between HMFH and BAC.

“HMFH’s extraordinarily generous gift is a visible and inspiring message that will lead the way in furthering the BAC’s mission of diversifying the design professions and making design education accessible to all people,” said Dr. Mahesh Daas, BAC president. “This generous investment, which continues HMFH’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, will create sustainable and vital opportunities for underrepresented students.”

The scholarship selection process will begin this spring, and the first recipients will be announced in the fall. The intent of the scholarship is to advance diversity by providing critical financial support to encourage students not only to enroll in architecture studies, but also to achieve success in college and to graduate. Beyond their classroom experience, recipients will have opportunities to work on planning and design projects with HMFH team members.

“With this HMFH scholarship, we are taking concrete steps to increase access to design education for minority students and thereby increase diversity within the architecture profession,” said Pip Lewis, AIA, HMFH principal.

HMFH president, Lori Cowles, herself a graduate of the BAC, notes, “This scholarship is a significant effort to bring greater equity and diversity to our profession, as we have been doing in our own practice.”