Martina Smith, a first-year Master of Architecture student and the inaugural recipient of the Hartshorne and Plunkard Fellowship, was recently featured in an article in the Chicago Tribune about efforts to diversify the field of architecture.
Smith, whose family emigrated from Jamaica to the south Chicago suburbs, also received a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from UIC. As Hartshorne and Plunkard Fellow, she receives significant tuition support for up to three years of graduate study, a paid internship at Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA), and additional academic and professional mentoring with HPA.
The Hartshorne and Plunkard Fellowship seeks to increase the number of architecture degrees awarded to students from traditionally underrepresented populations, and in turn, diversify the talent pipeline into the architectural profession. Raymond Hartshorne and James Plunkard, both school alumni, donated $500,000 to endow the fund.
The school looks forward to announcing the second recipient of the fellowship at the conclusion of the Fall 2022 admission cycle. For more information on the fellowship, read the announcement on UIC Today.