Palm Springs, CA

An upcoming event on Thursday June 9th will celebrate scholarships given to local students by the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom).

The non profit organization, dedicated to appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design, has just awarded four $2,500 scholarships in memory of Robert Imber, founder of PS ModCom’s Education Committee (EdCom). Each scholarship is renewable for up to four years for a total of $10,000. The recipients are students planning on pursuing education in architecture, design, landscape or building-related engineering. Local architectural designer Peter Blackburn, a ModCom board member, oversees the scholarship program. Said Peter, “Thanks to increased board, sponsor, and member support, we’re really excited to be able to expand our Scholarship to support our local graduates as they continue through their higher education paths. Helping local students gain an appreciation for their hometown’s unique design legacy, perhaps their futures will embrace and protect our architectural treasures as well as those wherever they go.”

This year’s recipients are:
Amy Ramirez, Cathedral City High School, Sustainable Studies/Sustainable Design
Jacob Baskin, Palm Springs High School, Sustainable Architecture
Ephraim Patterson, Palm Springs High School, Architecture/Construction Engineering
Eliza Moto, Rancho Mirage High School, Mechanical Engineering/Robotics

The event is being held at the home of past president, Chris Menrad located at 1070 Apache Rd. PS 92265 at 5.30pm.

Additionally, PS ModCom’s Education Committee has expanded their architecture education program to more schools. Originally developed at St. Theresa Catholic School, the program is now being implemented at Palm Springs High School and middle schools including Nellie Coffman, Raymond Cree, James Workman, and Painted Hills. The program educates students on our built environment including what is unique to the Coachella Valley: Desert Modern Architecture. Students then build scale models of either iconic local buildings or a Desert Modern home of their own design. EdCom committee chair Joan Gand says, “By having the students actually build something with their own hands and not on a computer it becomes an experience they’ll never forget.”

For more information on the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom), click here.

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