In conjunction with The American Institute of Architects, the Northeast Illinois Chapter of The American Institute of Architects has awarded scholarships to two students pursuing architectural degrees.


Serena Brewer

Serena currently is an architectural designer for a small firm where she was able to reignite her hunger for continuing her education.  In the fall she will be attending the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where she will be earning a Master of Architecture.  Serena states that her career goal is to help people by responding to social issues creatively and responsibility through the built environment.  To her Architecture provides a sense of creativity with purpose.  She is interested in how architecture can develop and grow communities socially, culturally, and economically.  Through her studies she would like to be able to answer how we can make architecture that is of place, for the people, and helps out natural landscape flourish.


Amanda Louise 

Amanda will be attending Washington University in St. Louis this fall within the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design.  With a passion to design within the healthcare sector, so she will be able to improve the lives of people that use them.  To Amanda, healthcare both physically heals and offers a variety of amazing employment opportunity to many people but it is also able to enhance and strengthen communities and she would like to be part of this.  She decided to attend Washington University this fall because she would like to expand her education on what design can do to benefit the communities it resides in.

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