April 06, 2015
Gensler Selects 2015 Diversity Scholarship Winners
Gensler announced today the winners of its seventh annual Diversity Scholarship. Chereth Hines-Channer, a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, received first prize honor. Second prize went to Aryn Phillips, a student at Mississippi State University. Both winners will receive an academic scholarship and begin internships at Gensler’s New York office in summer 2015.
“Gensler’s Diversity Scholarship helps us surface great talent that enriches our firm’s ability to create the very best designs for our clients,” said Carlos Martinez, Design Principal and Studio Director in Gensler’s New York office. “Because of the work we do, individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences are essential to our success.”
Hines-Channer’s scholarship submission, a master plan for social housing in her home country, Costa Rica, demonstrated design sophistication and thoughtful consideration for the vernacular culture. “I always believed that you have to know a little bit of everything in order to understand a project,” she said. “Winning this scholarship is an opportunity to experiment more with this way of thinking, in an environment of people who share this belief.”
“This honor allows me to grow as a student of architecture and experience design at various scales and across disciplines,” said Phillips. Her project examined a multiuse project that explored the symbiotic relationship between a building and its surroundings.
The Gensler Diversity Scholarship is a juried program recognizing emerging talent among African-American college students enrolled in an accredited architecture program. The judges, representing a range of design professions, selected the winners from numerous applications across the nation. It reflects Gensler’s longstanding commitment to the recruitment and development of diverse design talent. It was founded to encourage a more robust dialogue between the architectural profession and African-American architecture students. Beginning its seventh year this fall, the program raises awareness of the architectural profession as a career choice, and it seeks to make design careers more accessible for African-American students. The program is a critical component of Gensler’s university and student outreach programs.
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