The Denice Johnson Hunt Internship provides support to a deserving student in the College of Built Environments to undertake an independent learning plan that increases awareness of architecture and urban design among low-income and minority youth. The learning plan—which can involve research, planning, design, or construction—can be undertaken in a K-12 or community setting over any period of time during an academic year.

The internship honors the memory of Denice Johnson Hunt, AIA, and her commitment to diversifying the planning and design fields. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hunt served as deputy chief of staff to Mayor Norman Rice, was a founding member of AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable, and served as 1995-96 President of AIA Seattle—the first woman of African-American heritage to hold the highest office in an AIA component.

Throughout her career, Hunt included youth in urban redevelopment processes, thus enlarging the participation of minority and disadvantaged persons in the city’s planning and design process. The internship continues Hunt’s legacy of increasing diversity in the planning and design professions.  It is supported by an endowed fund.
Past Interns:
Mary Fialko, 2010  |  David Minnery, 2007-2008  |  Melanie Lyons, 2005-2006  | Greg Squires, 2004-2005  |  Yamani Hernandez, 2003-2004  |  Kristin Kildall, 2002-2003  |  Craig Skipton, 2001-2002