2019 Connecticut Architecture Foundation Scholarships Announced


(AUGUST 12, 2019, NEW HAVEN, CT) The Connecticut Architecture Foundation grants scholarships to students pursuing degrees in an Architectural Program at a Connecticut accredited university or are Connecticut residents pursuing a degree at other accredited universities.

Since 1986, the Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships. This year eight deserving students will each receive a $5,000 scholarship from one of three Scholarship Funds – The Charles DuBose Memorial Scholarship, The Suzanne Sheng Memorial Scholarship, or the Connecticut Architecture Foundation Scholarship.

“The Connecticut Architecture Foundation Board of Directors are proud to be able to once again offer financial support to college students as they work towards their undergraduate or master of architecture degree,” said Jay Brotman, President of the Connecticut Architecture Foundation, and Managing Partner at Svigals + Partners. “Their course work, outside activities, and their unique design approaches to the built environment speak to the future of the profession and are to be commended.”

The 2019  recipient of The Charles DuBose Memorial Scholarship:
Louis Koushouris, Greenwich, CT, a Masters of Architecture student at Yale University. Louis’ first and second semester studio projects were selected to be featured in Retrospecta 42, YSoA’s annual journal of student work. At Joeb Moore & Partners in his hometown of Greenwich, CT he was part of team projects designing single-family residential projects from conception through construction

The 2019 recipient of The Suzanne Sheng Memorial Scholarship:
Alison M. Notation, Wolcott CT, Alison Notation is pursuing her Bachelor of Architecture degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She is a Rensselaer Medal for Excellence in Mathematics and Science recipient and, in May 2019, Alison was presented with the School of Architecture’s Third Year Faculty Award.  Last year, Alison spent a semester at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) in Brooklyn, NY. Her studio work focused on systems integration, iterative design, and more human-centric approaches to architecture.

The 2019 recipients of the Connecticut Architecture Foundation Scholarship:
Araceli Lopez, New Haven, CT – Originally from Washington state, where she earned a dual-degree in Architectural Design (B.A) and Construction Management (B.S) at the University of Washington. Shortly after completing her studies in 2015, she relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark to work as a competition intern. After spending two years abroad, she returned to begin her studies as a Master student at the Yale School of Architecture. Her interest in architecture primarily focuses on large, community-based projects that enhance the well-being of the user and the city they inhabit.

Alix Pauchet, New Haven, CT – A Master of Architecture Student at Yale University, and a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry, Alix was involved in Island Design Assembly, a design-build program that brings together students and architects to design, build and install projects for island communities in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Prior to joining Yale, she worked in Vermont, Paris, and Sydney, and did field research in the North Indian Himalayas on the use of concrete in a region that previously primarily relied on rammed earth construction.

David Scurry, Dry Fork, VA – A graduate of the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design and a current Masters of Master of Architecture Student at Yale University,  David  has interned in urban design and served as a teaching assistant for introductory summer programs at both Virginia Tech and Columbia University. While working at  DXA studio in Midtown Manhattan his job included work in all phases of design, spanning twenty-five or so different projects.

Gabrielle Bernier, Somers, CT – A Master of Architecture Student at Clemson University, Gabrielle is a mentor and team leader for the Hartford, CT Chapter of the ACE Mentor Program of America.  She holds a BFA in Architecture with a minor in Building & Construction Technology from UMass Amherst, where she served as an officer for the AIAS UMass chapter.  Currently an Architectural Associate at Tecton Architects, she has been working primarily on the design and construction of commercial buildings specific to the education and healthcare fields. While pursuing her M.Arch at Clemson University she will serve as a teaching assistantship to continue mentoring the next generation of architects, while working towards her own licensure.

Gioia Connell, New Haven, CT – A Master of Architecture and Master of Environmental Management Joint degree student at Yale University, Gioia has participated in a wide number of combined design and economic development projects while serving as interim executive director of an art and science nonprofit; design associate at an architectural ornament atelier; and project associate with a brownfield redevelopment consultancy. At Yale, Gioia has worked across disciplines and scales as both a student and a research fellow on projects related to urban resiliency.

Xiaohui Wen, New Haven, CT – Xiaohui is also the recipient of the AIA Component Grant Scholarship.  She is s currently in the M.Arch program at Yale University, and simultaneously has been working on ten student jobs, along with working two external internships. Xiaohui has been working in the field since her graduation from UC Berkeley with a degree in Architecture. Aside from her studies, Xiaohui has an extensive design portfolio she weaves into her architectural world.

About Connecticut Architecture Foundation:
The Connecticut Architecture Foundation is committed to enhancing and promoting the quality of the state’s-built environment. The Foundation encourages public understanding and community involvement in the design and building processes which create our physical surroundings. To support the profession of architecture and allied arts and services, the Foundation sponsors scholarships, publications, exhibitions and other activities, which contribute to an awareness of Connecticut’s architectural heritage and the direction of our future development. The Foundation was established in 1978 by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects as an independent organization to raise and distribute funds for these purposes. It is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of architects and professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.