San Francisco–based Gensler announced the winners of its third-annual Diversity Scholarship as Nathalie Jolivert, a fourth-year architecture student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Marcus Addison Hooks, a second-year architecture student at Yale University. Jolivert, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, won first place. Hooks, from Memphis, Tenn., won second. Both will receive an academic scholarship and a full-time internship with Gensler. "Not only does this scholarship bring financial relief to my family," Jolivert stated in a press release, "but with the mentorship and internship programs provided, my education will surely be enriched." Carlos Martinez, AIA, principal and jury member from Gensler's Chicago office, said that Jolivert's submission "was very original and shows very sophisticated thinking on a unique project in a culture other than her own. Her design solution integrates sustainability, social responsibility and innovation."
The scholarship program was founded to recognize emerging talent in black college students enrolled in accredited architecture programs, and is a part of Gensler's university and student outreach programs.