This May I graduate from the University of Kentucky as a Gaines Fellow in the Humanities and a student of Architecture in the College of Design. My senior thesis was an intensive report on the history and memory of one of America's first public housing projects. Through research, design and community activism, I hope to continue to study architecture as a tool to create more equitable societies. After studying architecture and urbanism in Rotterdam this summer, I will be working for Mecanoo Architecten in Delft, Holland. Focused specifically on housing, I hope to learn from the firm's ability to tie research and civic engagement with architectural design. After graduate school, I expect to return to Lexington, KY and facilitate the growth of a diverse, exciting, and successful downtown.