Larry Travis, Miriam Strauss and Kevyn McPhail Recognized as Emerging Talent
WASHINGTON, MAY 06, 2014 — Gensler, a global design firm, announced the winners of the sixth annual Diversity Scholarship. Larry Travis of Mississippi State University received First Prize while Second Prize went to Miriam Strauss of The University of Arizona and Kevyn McPhail of Carnegie Mellon University.
The Gensler Diversity Scholarship is a juried program recognizing emerging talent among African-American college students enrolled in an accredited architecture program. All three winners will receive an academic scholarship and are offered a Gensler internship. The judges, representing a range of design professions, selected the winners from numerous applications across the nation.
In Travis’ winning submission, he demonstrated creativity and design talent through a reimagined library. Travis’s personality, passion and approach to design impressed the jury, according to Mariela Buendia-Corrochano, a member of the selection committee and a principal at Gensler.
“Larry’s work is holistic, thoughtful, and unassuming,” said Buendia-Corrochano. “He thinks about the user experience in conjunction with the architectural relationships of the urban context. It is not about the architecture or interiors, it is about redesigning the concept of a library through an emotional journey of discovery.”
Judges were also impressed with the design sophistication exhibited by Strauss and McPhail. Strauss submitted a design for The University of Arizona Center for Information and Collaboration. McPhail submitted a design for the Institute for Integrative Design, a multidisciplinary collaborative workspace.
Gensler’s Diversity Scholarship program reflects Gensler’s longstanding commitment to the recruitment and development of diverse design talent. It was founded to encourage a more robust dialogue between the architectural profession and African-American architecture students. Beginning its seventh year this fall, the program raises awareness of the architectural profession as a career choice, and it 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.