For Immediate Release                                                                

(AUGUST 24, 2021, 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 $550,000 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 proudly continues to offer financial support to college students working toward their undergraduate and Master of Architecture degrees.” said Stephanie Degen-Monroe, President of the Connecticut Architecture Foundation.

The 2021 recipient of the Charles DuBose Memorial Scholarship:

Motuma Tulu, GA graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He was elected as the student advisory committee representative for the school of Architecture and has taken part in curating and producing work for an exhibit at the Georgia Tech Stubbins Gallery. Throughout his undergraduate years and still today he works in underserved communities on volunteer build projects to food distribution and fundraisers. Since 2019 he has been working at the Architecture firm Houser Walker Architecture in Atlanta on office, government, residential and academic buildings. He is now pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at the Yale School of Architecture.

The 2021 recipient of The Suzanne Sheng Memorial Scholarship:

Yushan Jiang, New Haven, CT is a growing interdisciplinary intern architect. She is pursuing the Master of Architecture degree at Yale School of Architecture and will graduate in 2022. Before joining Yale, she earned the Bachelor of Engineering degree at Tongji University, majoring in Urban Design and Planning. During her undergraduate study, she also attended an architecture exchange program at the National University of Singapore.  Yushan has worked as an intern designer for global architectural firms, practicing in New York, New Haven, Singapore, and Shanghai. She has participated in projects of various scales, ranging from urban scale to building interior renovation. Her design projects have been featured on the Retrospecta 43 (YSoA selected student works) and the 2017 NUS Yearbook.

The 2021 recipient of the AIA Scholarship Grant included with a Connecticut Architecture Foundation Scholarship:

 Angelica Crespo, Danbury, CT is a first-generation undergraduate student at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan, Angelica has completed her third year and was recently accepted into the five-year accredited program. A member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Angelica is also involved with her local Danbury community. During the pandemic, she organized a New American Dream Foundation fundraiser to raise awareness and provide meals to those affected by COVID. As she pursues the Bachelor of Architecture program, she hopes to intern near her community and someday renovate and design environmentally friendly buildings professionally.

The 2021 recipients of the Connecticut Architecture Foundation Scholarship:

Jenna Gormley, Woodstock, CT is enrolled at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. She is entering her third year of a 4+1 program. She will be receiving her Architecture, Bachelor of Science with a minor in Business Management in Spring 2023, and her Master of Architecture in Spring 2024. She is also currently doing her first internship with GMT Home Designs, Inc. in Ashland, MA. Jenna hopes to make an impact by creating affordable housing in communities that need it, and to further the opportunities that a community has to offer by creating communal spaces that are accessible to everyone.

Silas Newman, Hamden, CT will be entering the M.Arch 1 program at the Yale School of Architecture in the Fall of 2021. During the summer of 2016, as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University (2017), Silas worked as an intern at Gray Organschi Architecture. Silas received Honors for his Senior Thesis, “A Succession of Little Things,” which was displayed in the Zilkha Gallery at the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan. For the past 3 years, he has worked as a designer at MADE Design/Build, in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Silas’ work experience has inspired his interest in materiality, industrial ecology, green building practices, and community centered design.

Naomi Ng, New Haven, CT is a currently a Master of Architecture Student, teaching fellow and research assistant at Yale University. Prior to Yale, she was pursuing her academic interests in Hong Kong, London, and Australia, where she received a Bachelor of Environments from the University of Melbourne. Naomi previously worked at Grimshaw Architects and LEVER Architecture, focusing on the impact of the built environment on sustainability, landscape, locality, and cultural traditions. Naomi will be finishing up her final year of the graduate program at Yale University this year and is studying to obtain her LEED Green Associate.

Alix Pauchet, New Haven, CT is pursuing a joint degree between the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of the Environment, from which she will receive a Master of Architecture and a Master of Environmental Management. She is currently interning for Barclay & Crousse. Prior to joining Yale, she worked with McLeod Kredell Architects in Vermont, and participated in Island Design Assembly, a design-build program that brings together students and architects to design, build and install projects for communities across New England.

David Scurry, New Haven, CT is a graduate of the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design and a rising second-year M.Arch II student at the Yale School of Architecture, where he is returning after taking a year off during the pandemic to teach at Virginia Tech during the fall and work remotely for Michael Maltzan during the spring/summer. He has also previously worked at the Yale Urban Design Workshop and DXA studio in New York. After graduation, he hopes to return to New York and (quickly) finish his licensure requirements.