MArch student Anita Hsieh is the winner of a $10,000 architectural scholarship from ZGF Architects LLP, a nationally recognized architecture, planning, and interior design firm.
The annual ZGF Scholarship is administered by the Oregon Community Foundation and recognizes talent and passion for architecture. It is awarded in the spring to an architecture student who will begin his or her final year in an accredited architectural program in the fall.
"Members of the selection committee were impressed with Anita's commitment to combining people, place, and the parametric in her work," says Janet Hull, ZGF Scholarship coordinator. "Anita's essay includes more than one reference to her interest in the concept of the porch. Her designs focus on activating the porch—a home's exterior gather space—as a means of regenerating the larger community. This concept is both classic and current."
Hsieh will work as a summer intern in ZGF Architects' Washington D.C. office before beginnning her final year of studies at Washington University in the fall.
A member of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), Hsieh was part of the WU team that participated in NOMA's 2011 Student Design Competition. The team's design of a mixed-use transit center for the Ashby Metro Station in Atlanta was recognized during last fall's NOMA conference.
Before coming to WU, Hsieh earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with honors, from the University of Maryland, where she served as student chapter president of the American Institute of Architects (AIAS).
About the Scholarship
Now in its ninth year, the ZGF Scholarship was established in honor of Norm Zimmer, one of the founding partners of the firm. Students beginning their final year in a NAAB-accredited architectural program in the fall of 2013, who are also U.S. residents, are eligible to apply by the May 1 deadline. For more information, contact Janet Hull at 503.863.2295 or firstname.lastname@example.org