Integrated design firm LPA Design Studios announced the second cohort of recipients for its LPA Interdisciplinary Diversity Scholarship Program, an annual program to support historically underrepresented demographics pursuing careers related to architecture, engineering and design.
The 2022 scholarship winners are Miamor Orozco, San Antonio Texas; Gabriela Guerrero, Port Isabel, Texas; Claire Burnley, Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Nanami Dolley, Kerrville, Texas.
LPA’s Interdisciplinary Diversity Scholarship Program awards up to five high school seniors with $5,000 renewable scholarships each year. In addition to financial aid, students are matched with LPA mentors in their respective disciplines and have the opportunity for paid summer internships at LPA.
“We are committed to addressing and advancing the diversity, equity and inclusion in the world of architecture, engineering and design,” said Wendy Rogers, CEO at LPA Design Studios. “This program reflects our support for a more diverse generation of professionals who will bring a wider perspective to our industry.”
Developed through LPA for Change, the firm’s community support initiative, and Scholarship America, the program targets the architecture and engineering industry’s well-documented lack of diversity. In 2021, as part of an industry-wide movement, LPA pledged to disclose its workplace practices through the International Living Future Institute’s JUST Program, a nationwide initiative to promote social equity and enhance engagement in the workplace.
The Interdisciplinary Diversity Scholarship seeks to build a long-term relationship with the students and help them gain practical experience as they progress in their education. Throughout the process, students will be introduced to a multi-discipline approach to design, which focuses on collaboration and cooperation across disciplines.
The inaugural class of recipients, Diego Riverbay, mechanical engineering, Olin College; Elisabeth Gutierrez, interior design, Penn State University; Aisha Lizaola, mechanical engineering, University of Texas; Elsie Lappin, dual degree engineering, Berry College; and Hunter Aguilar, civil engineering, San Jose State University, are all thriving at their respective universities and continuing to pursue their careers and receive financial and career support from LPA.
“The dedication and growth of these students has been outstanding,” said LPA project manager Brien Graham, chair of the firm’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Council. “Our goal is to support them as they continue their studies.”
This year’s recipients include: