Johnson Architecture grants scholarships to two University of Tennessee students

December 4, 2023

Isabella Woodward and Maya Markowicz, students in the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, have each earned scholarships from Johnson Architecture for the 2023-24 school year.

Johnson Architecture partners Eric Bowen and Jeff Williamson meet with Johnson Architecture Scholarship recipient Maya Markowicz, center, a second-year interior architecture student at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. The firm established the scholarship in 2021 with the goals of increasing diversity in the profession and encouraging students to expand their horizons through studying abroad.

“It continues to be an honor to support students and further encourage the growth of the architecture industry,” said Daryl Johnson, founder and president of Johnson Architecture. “Diverse backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints make us all better designers of the spaces we occupy, and I hope the student experiences made possible by these scholarships inspire the recipients for years to come.”

Johnson, AIA, NCARB, is a 1984 graduate of the UT College of Architecture and Design, as are partners Eric Bowen, AIA (1992); Rick Friel, AIA (1992); Jeff Williamson, AIA (2001); and Joey Staats, RA (2009) and an additional 13 members of the firm’s staff of architects and interior designers.

The Johnson Architecture Scholarship is awarded by the UT Scholarship Committee in accordance with university policy and is available to students pursuing a major in the School of Architecture or School of Interior Architecture.

Since 2021, five additional students have received the scholarship, including Dexter Gladney Jr., DeMauri Mumphrey, Shannon Roisen-Reinoso, Alyssa Woodard and Emmie Barnett. The students have utilized the funds to purchase supplies and textbooks and to supplement architecture trips, such as for admittance fees for galleries and museums in New York City.

Scholarship applicants must currently be enrolled or admitted at UT, demonstrate successful academic performance and be considered a third-year student or higher, having completed a minimum of four semesters. While intended to address underrepresentation in the field of architecture and increase diversity, the scholarship shall be open to all applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, parental status or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.