05/03/21 USC Architectural Guild Donates $150,000 to USC Architecture


The USC Architectural Guild has designated $150,000 to the USC School of Architecture. While $100,000 has been allocated for student scholarships, the remaining $50,000 will support Dean Milton S. F. Curry’s current and future diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs and initiatives. 

"The Guild strives to give back, building a stronger sense of community in our built environment,” says Gary Brennen, president of the USC Architectural Guild and co-president of Syska Hennessy Group. “We recognize the importance in providing scholarship support to help the School attract and sustain the best and brightest students, doing our best to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion." 

The past year has not been easy for many including employees and firms in the built environment. Fundraisers hosted by the Guild have always counted on in-person firm participation and sponsorship. 


Last year’s Guild Annual Dinner, one of the largest networking events for the local built environment, was postponed, but ingenuity and herculean efforts helped the Guild host their first-ever virtual event. Emceed by award-winning journalist and television personality Lisa Ling, the event ultimately provided a new platform to raise these important funds, allowing the Guild the opportunity for this major designation to the School. 


Thanks to their generous ongoing support, the Guild has been able to supplement and enhance students’ educational experiences by providing resources and funds for mentorship, career advancement, scholarships, and more.

“Guild programs have helped me develop as a professional...I even got connected with an internship,” says Sam Anderson, a fifth-year student in the B.Arch program. “I was a recipient of the Guild scholarship. As a first-generation college student, this scholarship was especially helpful in helping me stay on track for graduation.”

Guild members are alumni and non-alumni alike, leaders in the built environment dedicating many volunteer hours for the benefit of USC Architecture students. 

“As a mother of three young children and also a leader at my company, I don’t have much extra time in my schedule, but something always pulls me back to my alma mater. My continued work with the Guild and the School of Architecture provides a sense of purpose and fulfillment for me,” says Amy Pokawatana (B.Arch 00), vice president at Hudson Pacific Properties, and incoming president of the Guild. 

To learn more about the USC Architectural Guild, click here. To become a Guild member, click here.  


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