TAT Announces Scholarship for Architecture Students, at Boston's Wentworth Institute of Technology

September 24, 2021 - by commARCH
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TAT Announces Scholarship for Architecture Students, at Boston's Wentworth Institute of Technology

The Architectural Team (TAT), has announced an endowed scholarship at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT), a leading institution for design education.

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What is the scholarship about?
Known as “The Architectural Team Endowed Scholarship,” this need-based scholarship for students pursuing degrees in Wentworth’s School of Architecture & Design intends to build a pipeline into professional practice for underrepresented students, directly addressing critical issues of access that have long challenged the design world.

With applications set to open in early 2022 for the 2022-23 academic year, TAT’s $25,000 contribution will be dollar-matched by funds from the Wentworth endowment as part of the school’s Advancing Student Access and Potential (ASAP) Challenge program, significantly enhancing the scholarship’s impact for up to two students who are studying architecture per scholarship cycle. Additionally, scholarship recipients will have an option to apply for a one-semester co-op opportunity at TAT, helping them build the professional experience and networks that are important for long-term success in the field.

Why is it needed?
"We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with The Architectural Team,” says Mark Mulligan, Associate Dean of Wentworth’s School of Architecture and Design. “This scholarship is critical to the University’s mission to expand access to the profession of architecture by supporting our talented and diverse students."

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Why is the scholarship important?
The announcement of this new scholarship stems directly from the philosophy of TAT’s founder, Robert J. Verrier, FAIA, NCARB, who passed away this year. Verrier inspired generations of architects with a steadfast belief in the potential of architecture to engender civic pride, revive local economies, and transform communities. Partnering with Wentworth was an easy choice for TAT to continue its founder’s legacy and celebrate its 50th anniversary.

According to TAT leaders, the scholarship also deepens an already strong and longstanding relationship with Wentworth. Hundreds of students have worked in TAT’s offices through Wentworth’s co-op program, and more than 30 out of 95 current TAT staff are graduates of the university– including three of the firm’s six principals. Like TAT, Verrier recognized that Wentworth has deep roots in Boston and shares a profound belief in the transformative power of architecture to strengthen the communities in which we work and live. He believed, “As the world emerges from a year of pandemic, economic, and social justice challenges, there is no better time to start building the world we want to see by supporting future design leaders, expanding access to architectural education, and encouraging new perspectives.”

“I joined TAT as a co-op student in 1982 and, having grown with the firm, I can attest to the benefits of being able to learn and work in this type of nurturing yet rigorous atmosphere,” says Senior Partner and Managing Principal Michael D. Binette, AIA, NCARB, a 1986 graduate of Wentworth’s Architecture program. “As we look to the future, supporting the talent and energy of tomorrow’s designers at all stages of their journey, from education into practice, is one of the best ways to ensure that our field will continue to push the envelope in addressing crucial issues ranging from affordable housing to coastal resiliency and sustainable building practices.”

About The Architectural Team, Inc. (TAT)
Celebrating its 50th year, The Architectural Team, Inc. (TAT), has been recognized for its thought leadership and diverse portfolio in architecture, interior design and master planning.  Creating lasting transformation in the communities it serves, the 95-person firm has earned more than 200 awards for design excellence across a broad range of building types and programs. These include new construction of large-scale urban mixed-use developments, multifamily, commercial, waterfront and hospitality developments, assisted and senior living facilities, and community centers. TAT is also proud of its national reputation in the areas of historic preservation, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse and the hundreds of projects that have transformed neighborhoods across the United States, artfully restoring and reimagining neglected buildings for new uses while simultaneously preserving history. Building on its established reputation as a trusted partner in design, The Architectural Team looks forward to another 50 years of design innovation, client service and creative collaboration.  For more information, please visit www.architecturalteam.com.

About Wentworth Institute of Technology
Founded in 1904, Wentworth Institute of Technology provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, project-based education in architecture and design, computing and data science, engineering, management, and sciences and humanities that integrates classroom, laboratory, studio, cooperative and experiential learning to develop career-ready, skilled professionals, and engaged citizens. Wentworth’s vision is to be a student-centered institution of inclusive excellence that offers high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and life-long learning programs; embraces a culture of innovation and creativity; serves society through urban engagement; and fosters growth for local, regional, and national economies. For more information, please visit www.wit.edu.