The AIA's Architects Foundation in partnership with Boston-based Payette has named Yale School of Architecture graduate student Orli Hakanoğlu as the winner of the 2018–2019 Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship. The third recipient of the annual scholarship, Hakanoğlu will receive a $10,000 grant and be assigned a senior mentor at Payette to help grow her design experience and network.
Hakanoğlu is a third-year student who expects to receive a master's degree in May 2019. Prior to entering Yale, she studied studio art, art history, and architecture at Wellesley College and the MIT School of Architecture + Planning through the Wellesley–MIT exchange program. She is currently a summer intern at Deborah Berke Partners, in New York.
In her scholarship application, Hakanoğlu expressed an interest in "how architecture, art, and design can play a role in promoting equality across a range of societies and cultures," according to the AIA's press release. “The opportunity to recognize Orli and honor Sho-Ping through this scholarship elevates the entire profession,” said Architects Foundation executive director Marci Reed in the release. “Sho-Ping’s legacy is thriving and Orli’s passion for architecture is proof.”
Established in 2016, the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship honors the late Sho-Ping Chin, a longtime principal and healthcare practice leader at Payette who was also a mentor and advocate for women in architecture, founding the biennial AIA Women's Leadership Summit. “We started this scholarship to honor Sho-Ping’s memory and it is such a privilege each year to meet outstanding students of whom Sho-Ping would have been proud to have known,” said Payette president Kevin B. Sullivan, FAIA, in the same release. “After reading Orli’s essay and reviewing her portfolio, I knew the jury had selected an ideal candidate. Her commitment to serving socially conscious design is well aligned with Sho-Ping’s values and approach to architecture.”
The scholarship is open to students entering at least their third year of undergraduate study or any level of graduate study within an accredited architecture program.
To learn more about the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship, visit architectsfoundation.org.