Jennifer & MerrillBonne Chance, Jennifer!

Summer Olympics 2016 just ended, but this week we celebrate our own hero, Jennifer Lamy, our summer intern who’s made an indelible impression on us. We thank Merrill Romanik, who discovered Jennifer some six years ago performing in The Sound of Music at Merrill’s Miami alma mater, Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School. As a fellow alumna, Merrill has been a role model and mentor for this amazing, brilliant young woman, as Jennifer pursues a lifelong desire to become an architect and make a difference in the world.

Jennifer is Haitian-born, but when her school was destroyed in the island’s horrendous earthquake of 2010, her mother sent Jennifer and two young brothers to live in Miami with their aunt. Jennifer was enrolled at Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, the first Florida and Catholic high school to accept African-American students back in 1960.

Jennifer LamyThree years ago, Jennifer was nominated by her school to receive, and was awarded, a full-tuition scholarship from The Posse Foundation to attend the distinguished all-female, research-oriented Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The college is renowned for cultivating women leaders and achievers, allowing them to design their own major curricula program. Its 2,200 students have diverse ethnic and multiracial backgrounds and hail from more than 70 countries and 45 states. Founded in 1989, The Posse Foundation identifies “students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential” and partners with top-tier colleges like Mount Holyoke to place students in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students each.

At SRS this summer, Jennifer said she learned there’s much more to architecture than “sitting at a desk alone and drawing.”

“I’ve learned about the day-to-day business side. I was welcomed by team members and accompanied them to project sites, performed as-builts of projects that are planned for renovation or repurposing. I worked on site plans and photo-shopped elevations, reorganized SRS project files and archives, and was amazed at the scope and complexity of the firm’s accomplishments.”

As she looks to the future, after completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, Jennifer hopes to specialize in residential design and find affordable solutions unique to Haiti’s family housing challenges.

SRS wishes Jennifer continued success in all her endeavors.
Jennifer, we will miss you, and bid you a fond Bon Voyage!


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