Latinos in Architecture

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Collegiate Scholarship and Mentorship Program

The Latinos in Architecture (LiA) collegiate mentorship and scholarship program, through AIA Houston and Architecture Center Houston, is a professional network provided to students intended to bridge the gap between collegiate students and professionals in the Latino architecture community. The mentorship and scholarship program matches college students pursuing a career path in architecture with a mentor that has an established career in architecture.

The LiA Mentorship and Scholarship program is open to all Latino architecture students in a NAAB-accredited undergraduate program within the Houston area. The program is also open to students attending Houston Community College, who have the intent to transfer to a NAAB-accredited undergraduate architecture program. The program is for Latino students who are striving to influence the future of the built environment and the architecture profession.

The program is open to both US citizens and foreign students. 

Eligible students must be:

  • an undergraduate student in a NAAB-accredited architecture degree program at the University of Houston, Rice University, or Prairie View A&M University; or,
  • ​a community college student that has completed high school or its equivalent and intends to transfer to a NAAB-accredited architecture program.

The 2021-2022 program begins in September 2021 and concludes in May 2022. Registration opens in August 2021.

Students must participate in the following activities to be considered for the scholarship. These activities are meant to support and complement the student’s academic career.

  • Students will meet once a month with a mentor during the fall and spring semesters. These meetings are meant to be an open discussion about the architecture profession and to help guide the student’s career path. These one-on-one relationships will be primarily driven by the student.
  • ​Students will be asked to participate in the kick-off event and meet their mentors.
  • ​Students will be asked to participate in a portfolio review organized by the LiA Committee.
  • ​Students are encouraged to share and practice their portfolio presentations with their mentors.
  • ​Students are asked to attend three LiA or AIA-sponsored events and attend their university or college career fair.
  • ​Students are asked to submit a 10-minute video on their end of project or portfolio.

Scholarships will be award based on student participation in the program and their end of the semester portfolio presentations.

To participate or receive more information about the program, register here.