Recipient Announced for 2021 Northwest Washington Section Scholarship

Ciera Gordon was chosen to receive $4000 in unrestricted scholarship support through the Northwest Washington Section's annual support fund.

2021-22 Recipient:
My name is Ciera Gordon. After graduating from Burlington-Edison High School, I studied architecture and mechanical engineering with a minor in energy studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I am currently in the final year of the Master of Architecture program at the University of California, Berkeley and will be graduating in 2022.

As I continue my graduate education and prepare to enter into professional practice, I would like to further advance my design skills, delve into the practicalities of materials, construction, and structure, and develop my interests in energy efficiency in the built environment. I am particularly interested in the potential for increased energy efficiency through passive thermal strategies in buildings, building on my second undergraduate major in mechanical engineering and minor in energy studies. I hope to carry this interdisciplinary background into my future work to allow me to approach architectural design from varied perspectives and make informed technical decisions both as a graduate student and professionally. 

About the Northwest Washington Section Scholarship Fund
The goal of the AIA Northwest Washington Section Scholarship is to encourage and assist local residents of Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties who are pursuing a degree in architecture in an accredited School of Architecture. Entering its 9th year, the scholarship fund is primarily funded by funds raised at the annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. Despite the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, the Section remains committed to funding the program throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to help students in the region.

About the Northwest Washington Section of American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter
AIA Northwest Washington is a section of AIA Seattle that provides events and programs for AIA members in Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan counties.

About the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle is a not-for-profit professional association of architects, allied professionals, and laypeople. AIA Seattle provides the architecture community with resources and relationships to make a difference through design. unrestricted scholarship support through the Northwest Washington Section’s annual support fund.