Karla S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Recipients

2023

Kristen Sexton

Kirsten Sexton is in her third year of the Master in Architecture degree program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Kirsten graduated from with honors from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and Historic Preservation. At the GSD, Kirsten is involved outside of class by serving on the leadership committees of Women in Design and Queers in Design. Having grown up in rural Appalachia and becoming the one of the few people from her home to attend an Ivy League university, Kirsten aims to amplify unheard voices through inclusive, sustainable, and community-centered architecture and design. Outside of school, she has interned for various architecture and design firms in Los Angeles, California and enjoys practicing painting and photography.

Katherine Arnold

Katherine Arnold is currently in her Junior year of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with a Minor in Business Management, before continuing with the Master of Architecture program at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is also a frequent Dean’s List honoree. Ms. Arnold is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of mental health. She is passionate about educating her peers and raising awareness to combat the stigma surrounding mental health. In the future, Katherine intends to incorporate her interest in mental health into her architectural designs.

2022

Hiu Ching (Cherry) Lee

Ms. Lee is a Bachelor of Science, Architecture, graduate who is currently working on a Master of Architecture degree at the Wentworth Institute of Technology ( 2022-2023 expected graduation). She is an excellent student who is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. We are happy to help her on her career path and look forward to seeing her designs built in the future.

Olha Antsyferova

We are proud to be a part of Olha’s educational journey. She is Ukranian, so, it is also wonderful to aid someone from a war-torn nation. She is studying at Kent State and has been an Intern architect at Design Workshop, working on the development of site programs, preparing architectural design layouts, and developing visualizations. We hope that her career continues to develop into a great success story.

2021

Zoe Alli

Zoe Alli is a senior and an honor student in the Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Architecture programs at the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, Rhode Island, where she is also the recipient of RISD’s Anthony Belluschi Scholarship. Ms. Alli is a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students, and a student member of the National Organization of Minority Architects. Ms. Alli’s goals include “improved spatial experiences” and “how the built environment should respond and connect not only with the natural environment, but also with the surrounding people.”

Isabelle Jean-Louis

Isabelle Jean-Louis completed her Bachelor of Science in Architecture last year, at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was also the recipient of a Merit Scholarship and a Dean’s List honoree for the past three years. Ms. Jean-Louis is currently enrolled in the Master of Architecture program at Wentworth, where she is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers. Ms. Jean-Louis is also a painter who “decided to pursue an education in architecture after being a victim of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.”

Hannah Perry

Hannah Perry is in her final year of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, with a Minor in Business Management, before continuing with the Master of Architecture program at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is also the recipient of a Merit Scholarship, and a frequent Dean’s List honoree. Ms. Perry is the treasurer of the Freedom by Design that raises money to design and build projects for communities in and around Boston. Ms. Perry is also a member of the CREW Boston Organization that helps women in commercial real estate fields.