Global design and architecture firm Gensler announced the winners of its first-ever Gensler African-American Internship & Scholarship (GAAINS), a program that recognizes the top emerging talent amongst African-American college students enrolled in NAAB-accredited architecture programs. Rachele Louis, a fourth-year architecture student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was awarded a first prize academic scholarship and internship; and Anne-Marie Armstrong, a second-year M.Arch candidate at Yale School of Architecture, was awarded a second prize academic scholarship.
â€œThe GAAINS scholarship not only allows me the ability to further my architectural educational pursuits, but Iâ€™ll have the opportunity to be at the forefront of sustainable design with advanced architectural technologies as an intern with a leading firm,â€ says Louis.
Through a rigorous selection process by a hand-selected panel of seven jurors, Louis was selected as the winning candidate based on a submission that showcased clarity of ideas within both design and analytical realms. In addition to a deep understanding of complex program structures, Louisâ€™ submission demonstrates a highly sophisticated architectural character that expresses cultural sensitivity as it integrates with the urban fabric.
â€œGAAINS is a valuable program to both Gensler and the broader student community; it furthers our position with the student dialogue by promoting innovation, thought leadership and design excellence,â€ says Blake Mourer, senior associate and design director at Gensler and one of seven members of the GAAINS jury.
The GAAINS scholarship is a reflection of Genslerâ€™s longstanding commitment to the recruitment and development of diverse emerging talent and was founded to encourage a more robust dialogue between the architectural industry and African-American architecture students. In its fi rst year, the program aims to raise awareness about the architectural profession as a career choice, as well as create greater accessibility for this student population. GAAINS is a critical component of Genslerâ€™s university and student-outreach programs.
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