Leadership Lands Master of Architecture Student American Institute of Architects Scholarship

Posted November 1, 2017 in Master of Architecture, Student

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) Master of Architecture () student Mike McKinnon has been named the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids (AIAGR) 2017 Student Scholarship.

The competitive scholarship is open to junior, senior, or master’s level architecture students who exhibit academic excellence in the classroom and a high potential for success and leadership in the field.

McKinnon, who’s entering his third and final year in the program, is the former vice president and current president-elect of KCAD’s AIA student chapter. Prior to entering the program, he earned a BA in Communications from Calvin College, and worked as a project manager at Grand Rapids-based architectural glass company Echo Etching. McKinnon has also held an internship at local architecture firm Studio Duo for the entirety of his time at KCAD. 

“Mike is my conscience; he asks the difficult questions in a positive way,” says Program Director Brian Craig. “He’s focused and determined, succeeding in class while also holding a full-time architectural internship.”

McKinnon is the second KCAD student to receive the AIAGR Student Scholarship in the program’s three-year history.

“The KCAD aims to graduate students who will be leaders in their community and in their profession, and Mike embodies that mission to a T,” says Dean of Academic Affairs Charles Wright. “I’m confident he’ll grow even more in his final year in the program, and will go on to do incredible work.”  

Learn more about KCAD’s Master of Architecture program at kcad.edu/m-arch.