The Brookline Fund to Increase Diversity in Architecture & Design

landscape and architecture visioning session

The Brookline Fund to Increase Diversity in Architecture & Design, managed by the Brookline Community Foundation, was launched to provide Brookline under-resourced students of color (rising juniors and seniors) with an opportunity to explore careers in architecture and design. This effort will consist in:

  • Opportunities for students to learn about design professions through presentations, design fairs, office visits, building tours, and shadowing opportunities;
  • Opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience through summer internships, scholarships for summer high school design programs, and a design lab with volunteers providing coaching;
  • Financial support during students’ college careers and the creation of a scholarship fund through the Brookline Community Foundation;
  • Ongoing mentoring and internship opportunities for students.

Brookline is uniquely positioned to create a model for real, impactful change. Our community has an existing educational and mentoring infrastructure including Brookline High School, Brookline Teen Center (BTC), and Steps to Success, and a large number of professionals interested in the intersection of architecture, design, inclusion, and opportunity.

Brookline Fund partners

Testimonials from Teens

“This experience made me realize, I want to study interior design, as well as landscape architecture.” – Sophomore Student at Brookline High School, 2022
“I learned more about what an architect does, and the process of making a building and the jobs involved.” – Sophomore Student at Brookline High School, 2022

 

Q&A

When is the deadline for the application?
  • The application will be open January 1st and is due by June 8th. Applications will not be accepted before or after the deadline.
How do I fill out the application?

Where can I find additional information about the summer high school design programs?

Do I have to have prior experience in architecture?

  • No! This fund is to provide an opportunity to explore careers in architecture and design.

I received a scholarship last year, can I apply again?

  • Yes, you can! There are two different programs available through the fund that will provide different experiences.

Who can I contact if I have a question about the application?

How can I support this fund?

  • There are endless ways you can make a difference! You can share this fund with others to spread awareness, collaborate with us (i.e., partnerships, events), or donate through the Brookline Community Foundation.