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Architecture Alumna Receives AIA Scholarship

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Gina De Leon

2008 Penn State M.Arch alumna Gina M. De Leon, Associate AIA, LEED AP Building Design + Construction, is one of ten recipients of the American Institute of Architects' 2013 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship. The recipients will receive compensation for the entire cost of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and a full set of study guides provided by Kaplan Architecture Education.

De Leon has experience in affordable housing, post-disaster construction, and citizen participation in design. Currently, she serves as the Single Family Development Specialist at Avenue Community Development Corporation. Prior to joining Avenue CDC, Gina served as an AmeriCorps Community Builder in the LISC GO Neighborhoods initiative for the Near Northside of Houston. She has been involved in many grassroots community development projects, including LEED-registered affordable housing, transit mobility, and post-disaster planning with both private and non-profit organizations. In addition to her Penn State degree, she holds a bachelor of architecture and bachelor of science in environmental design from the University of Houston.

The scholarship recipients were chosen by a jury composed of AIA members including recently licensed architects, IDP Coordinators, and a representative from Kaplan Architecture Education. For more information on the scholarship and the other recipients, click here.