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    Dante Wilkins, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
    2013 Diversity Scholarship Winner
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    Ebere Okparaeke, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
    2013 Diversity Scholarship Winner
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    Tabitha Darko, University of Tennessee
    2013 Diversity Scholarship Winner
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    Dante Wilkins, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
    2013 Diversity Scholarship Winner

    The Chicagoland region receives an average of 36 inches of rainfall annually. Much of the runoff generated during rainfall runs directly into riverbanks east and south of Pilsen, one of Chicago’s many culture-rich neighborhoods. Through a series of architectural moves that introduce cisterns, Pilsen can capture some of the stormwater and leverage a resource in a way that offsets community water costs. These renderings show selected views of the Garden Shed Pavilion, a space featuring an incubation lab, a pedestrian ramp and a public farmers market that spills out onto the adjacent plaza.
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    Ebere Okparaeke, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
    2013 Diversity Scholarship Winner

    This rendering shows the primary circulation for a proposed project site in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The angular relationship between the various community buildings is highlighted in this view.
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    Tabitha Darko, University of Tennessee
    2013 Diversity Scholarship Winner

    The Knoxville Community Rowing Boathouse design celebrates the group rituals inherent in rowing by intersecting public outdoor spaces with rowing areas. The city’s Southside riverfront is to become rejuvenated through a greenway; and the proposed boathouse and public building interact and engage with it. The public building cantilevers over the greenway and towards the water while providing views to rowing activities.
2013-08-21
Gensler Names 2013 Diversity Scholarship Winners

Dante Wilkins, Ebere Okparaeke and Tabitha Darko Recognized as Emerging Talent

WASHINGTON — Gensler, a global design firm, recently announced the winners of its fifth annual Diversity Scholarship: Dante Wilkins of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC); Ebere Okparaeke, also of SAIC; and Tabitha Darko of the University of Tennessee. The Gensler Diversity Scholarship is a juried program that recognizes emerging talent among African-American college students enrolled in an accredited architecture program. All three winners will receive an academic scholarship as well as an internship with Gensler.

During the rigorous selection process, a panel of jurors representing diverse aspects of the design profession considered each application. “We were very impressed by Dante, Ebere and Tabitha,” said Carlos Martinez, a principal and global design leader at Gensler who served on the Diversity Scholarship jury. “Each of their submissions was uniquely impressive and very original. They represent a generation of talent that has tremendous potential, and I hope they are as inspired by this recognition as we are by them.”

Wilkins expressed excitement about the announcement. “I’m proud to represent a growing population of African-Americans in the architecture and design field,” he said. “I look forward to joining the Gensler family and beginning a new chapter collaborating with the skilled associates within the company.”
 
This will be a special opportunity for these individuals to learn within Gensler’s diverse, collaborative culture. Darko said: “(Gensler’s) studio environment is about the sharing of knowledge among designers from all different walks of life and with varying experiences. I am also interested to see numerous projects spanning from urban planning to interior design and how these different departments collaborate with one another to make a product reflective of Gensler’s design ideals.”
 
Okparaeke added: “Winning this scholarship is a great honor. It means that the hard work throughout my years in school... will be worth it in the end, because someone out there believes in me and I completely appreciate that.”
 
Gensler’s Diversity Scholarship program reflects Gensler’s longstanding commitment to the recruitment and development of diverse emerging design talent and was founded to encourage a more robust dialogue between the architectural profession and African-American architecture students. Now in its fifth year, the program raises awareness of the architectural profession as a career choice and seeks to make design careers more accessible for African-American students. The program is a critical component of Gensler’s university and student outreach programs.

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Contact:
Donna Taliercio
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