Latinos in Architecture Scholarships Awarded to High School Graduates

Joined by friends and family at the Austin Center for Architecture, Latinos in Architecture (LiA) recently awarded scholarships to two talented Austin area high school graduates.  In our continued effort to promote our profession amongst young Latinos, the two scholarships will assist two bright students attend the “Summer Academy in Architecture” at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture.

The Summer Academy is an intensive introductory course in architecture geared toward people who have little to no background in architecture and who wish to test and refine their interests in the field.  The Academy introduces students to many of the important aspects of architecture and encourages personal exploration through individual studio work, supplemented by supporting activities such as faculty and visiting lectures, a film series, site visits, class reviews, and periodic meetings that emphasize students’ more practical concerns (i.e. application procedures, general admissions policies, and the preparation of a portfolio or resumé).

Funds for both scholarships were raised through various matching grants, corporate donations and fundraising efforts by our committee members.  We would like to give special thanks to the Board members of the Austin Foundation for Architecture (www.austinfoundationforarchitecture.org), DAVCAR Engineering (www.davcar.com), the director of the “Summer Academy in Architecture” program at UT Austin and the staff of the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (www.aiaaustin.org).  This effort would not have been possible without their help and support.

Latinos in Architecture is honored to have played a vital role in this endeavor and we look forward to continued growth in the coming years for this great cause