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Bolden Awarded 2012 Gensler Diversity Scholarship Second Prize

Rising Fifth Year Architecture student Damian Bolden was selected as the 2012 Gensler Diversity Scholarship Second Prize winner. Damian completed a summer internship at Gensler’s San Francisco office and will receive an academic scholarship from Gensler for his final year at Auburn. Two Auburn University architecture students, Chloe Schultz and Henry Loose, together with University of Arkansas teammate Chase Humphrey were recognized as finalists in the international competition Art Urbain International Competition. Sponsored by the French government, the competition focused on “Quality of Social Life, Architectural Quality and Respect for the Environment in cities of the future.” The students developed the competition entry, entitled, “Porta Portese: Reinterpreting a Roman ‘Gateway District’” as part of their studio course for the spring semester. Along with eighteen classmates from Auburn, Schultz, and Loose were in Rome for the spring semester as part of Auburn’s Rome program (led by Professor Scott Finn), developed in collaboration with the University of Arkansas’ Rome Center (UARC). The students’ competition entry focused on the lively neighborhoods that comprise the districts of Trastavere and Testaccio, the former city gate of Porta Portese, and the pockets of neglected urban fabric found within.  Students from around the world submitted projects designed in the context of their own urban situations and experience. 
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