This October, the Center for Architecture and the AIA New York celebrated Common Bond: The Center for Architecture Gala. Formerly known as Heritage Ball, the annual event invites architects, designers, and industry professionals to come together to celebrate the historic architecture of New York as well as offer a chance for people to connect, network, and fundraise.
Every year, Common Bond recognizes and awards architecture students with scholarships to help aid them in their academic journey. This year two undergraduate students and one graduate student were awarded a scholarship prize of $3,500.
"As an industry, we struggle with retaining talent, as high education debts after graduating force many promising designers out of our professions. Investing in these bright young people while they’re still in school can make the difference between them building a career in our field or not," shared Common Bond organizers.
Meet the 2022 Common Bond Scholarship winners below.
Undergraduate Scholarship Winner(s)
- Husan Ahmed (Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York) - "Husan Ahmed is pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Growing up in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Ahmed has had the unique experience of living both in a tropical rural village and in a dense urban city."
- Cheriyah Wilmot (New York City College of Technology) - "Cheriyah Wilmot is a fourth-year Bachelor of Architecture Honors student at the New York City College of Technology. Her interests include adaptive reuse, sustainability, and affordable housing."
Graduate Scholarship Winner
- Kelsey Jackson (Columbia University GSAPP) - "Kelsey Jackson is a second-year Master of Architecture candidate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Jackson spent six years working as an educator in Madrid, Spain. There, she developed a love for teaching and gained a new appreciation of how culture and the built environment influence how we learn and how we interact with one another."
The Center for Architecture Common Bond Gala took place on October 27 at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60 in New York. During the gala, the 2022 Common Bond Honorees were also recognized.
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