Topics: College of Architecture and Planning, Sustainability/Environment, Scholarships

February 9, 2009

 Four Ball State University students from the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) have been named Indiana Architectural Foundation Scholars.

This year, the Minority and Disadvantaged Student Academic Scholarships, which are funded by American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and administered by the Indiana Architectural Foundation (IAF), provide $1,000 to the state's most academically deserving students.

The winners, who are all graduate students studying architecture, are:

  • Djamel Charmat Jr.
  • Emile Dixon
  • Shanshan Li
  • Clare Ros

Since coming to Ball State, Charmat's studies include an emphasis on sustainability. This summer, he participated in the university's U.S.-Brazil Consortium, a program that promotes interaction with different cultures to further explore the social aspects of sustainability.

Dixon spent his childhood in Jamaica, where he began his lifelong interest in architecture. He participated in CAP's "Midwest Distress Tour," which studied widespread physical distress of the built environment in inner city communities.

Li completed her undergraduate studies at Shenyang Jianzhu University in China. She has found it enormously challenging to adapt to a new culture and environment and hopes to use the scholarship to assist her transition to Ball State.

Ros believes it is imperative that more women, minorities and individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds are empowered to learn, practice and educate themselves in the field of architecture. She hopes to develop her critical thinking abilities and hone her skills as a designer.

IAF is a nonprofit organization that supports architectural education, public awareness of architecture and preservation of architectural heritage. Based in Washington, D.C., AAF educates individuals and communities about the power of architecture to transform lives and improve the places where people live, learn, work and play.