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August 5, 2020
by Center for Architecture
Leticia Bohrer Ávila, Center for Architecture Design Scholarship recipient. Photo: Courtesy of Leticia Bohrer Ávila.
Florence Methot, Center for Architecture Design Scholarship recipient. Photo: Courtesy of Florence Methot.
Zhenia Dementyeva, Allwork Scholarship Recipient. Photo: Courtesy of Zhenia Dementyeva.
Jeffrey Gyemibi, Allwork Scholarship recipient. Photo: Courtesy of Jeffrey Gyemibi.
Stanicka Manthurin, Allwork Scholarship Recipient. Photo: Courtey of Stanicka Manthurin.
Michael Joseph Paraszczak, Allwork Scholarship Recipient. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Joseph Paraszczak.
Jessica Kim, Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship recipient. Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Kim.
Amanda Gomez, Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship Honorable Mention Award recipient. Photo: Courtesy of Amanda Gomez.

The Center for Architecture and AIA New York have awarded $67,500 in academic scholarships in 2020. In recent years, the Center for Architecture has provided more scholarships to a broader range of students pursuing the study of architecture. The organization’s Grants and Scholarships program is an important platform to make architecture education accessible to all and diversify research in architecture, while connecting students and emerging professionals to AIANY members and programs. 

Center for Architecture Design Scholarship

The Center for Architecture’s namesake scholarship, the Center for Architecture Design Scholarship, is targeted at students seeking their first professional degree in architecture or a related design discipline from an accredited school within New York State. The dean or chair of the architectural school or accredited design program may invite up to two students from their respective college or university to apply, based on their high level of academic performance and evidence of financial need. In 2020, the Center for architecture awarded two merit-based scholarships totaling $12,500.  

Leticia Bohrer Ávila was awarded a $7,500 scholarship to support her last semester of the Master of Architecture program at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. Ávila has worked as an intern for CannonDesign and is looking forward to receiving her master’s degree and practicing architecture at a Buffalobased firm.    

Florence Methot, was awarded $5,000 to support her Master of Architecture studies at the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New YorkMethot has a background in landscape architecture, which she is using to inform her approach to design.    

Allwork Scholarship

The Allwork Scholarship supports architecture students with demonstrated financial need seeking their first professional degree in architecture or a related design discipline from an accredited school within New York State. Students must be nominated by the dean or chair of the school of architecture where they are currently studying. In 2020, the Center for Architecture awarded four $7,500 merit-based scholarships totaling $30,000 to undergraduate and graduate students in architecture.  

Zhenia Dementyeva is a rising thesis student completing her Bachelor of Architecture at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper UnionOver the last five years, she has held internships with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Samuel Anderson Architects, and is currently employed by PAU.   

Jeffrey Gyemibi is a fourth-year Bachelor of Architecture student at the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Gyemibi’s work draws on his interest in the Chinese zodiac as well as his experience in his native Ghana.   

Stanicka Manthurin is a student in the Master of Architecture program at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planningwhere she also earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture. She actively serves the school as a teaching assistant and participates in the UB chapter of NOMAS (National  Organization  for  Minority  Architecture Students). Manthurin aspires to earn an architectural license and work at a practice that reflects her interests in performance, installation, and materiality.  

Michael Joseph Paraszczak is in his final year of the Master of Architecture program at Cornell AAPHe has worked at multiple architecture firms across New York, including REX. In addition to his studiesParaszczak is also a designer at Jenny Sabin Studio in Ithaca, NY. 

Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship

The Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship was founded to promote and encourage the study of architecture by New York City public high school students. The scholarship provides financial assistance to supplement tuition and related costs during their freshman and sophomore years at a NAAB-accredited school of architectureThe scholarship honors Hunt’s dedication to the field of architecture and his wish to specifically support New York City public high school students.   

The 2020 Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship Recipient is Jessica Kim, a graduate of Stuyvesant High School who will be studying architecture at Cornell AAP. She will receive $20,000 in tuition support over her freshman and sophomore years. 

Given the competitive and highly accomplished pool of applicants in the 2020 cycle, the Center for Architecture is also offering an inaugural Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Honorable Mention Award to Amanda Gomez, a graduate of the High School of Art and Design, who will be studying architecture at the California College of the Arts. She is the recipient of a one-time award of $5,000 for tuition support during her freshman year. 

Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients! 

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