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2020 Pacific Mobile Scholarship Recipient Rebecca Taylor

Pacific Mobile is proud to offer students pursuing a career in architecture at Portland State University with scholarships. 

This year’s recipient is Rebecca Taylor, a 2020 Master of Architecture candidate and one of eight students in the three-year Master of Architecture program at PSU.

Here’s why Rebecca studies architecture: “I study architecture because it is the way that I hope to effect positive change in the future, preserve important memory of the past, and enjoy my present while I draw and make with my hands and imagine with my mind.” 

We created this scholarship program after a long-standing collaborative partnership with Portland State University’s School of Architecture. We teamed up with Portland State University students and Blazer Industries to create the Smart Academic Green Environment (SAGE) classroom prototype after our owner, Garth Haakenson, was introduced to PSU professors in the architecture program, Sergio Palleroni, and Margarette Leite. 

Professors Palleroni and Leite shared with Mr. Haakenson that they were committed to designing a healthier environment that would improve the learning experience for students. With many standard relocatable classrooms being designed to minimum code standards, Palleroni and Leite were ready seek change. It just so happened that their goal aligned with Mr. Haakenson’s, and upon seeing the initial concept of their design, he immediately wanted to get involved in the project and bring it to market. 

This partnership gave PSU architecture students a new hands-on opportunity to jump in and solve a real-world problem, as they imagined a new reality for relocatable classroom space. Today, Pacific Mobile has installed over 100 SAGE classrooms throughout Washington and Oregon as a result of that partnership. SAGE combines the latest thinking in healthy learning environments with the best in green building practices. The result is a cost-effective, award-wining, re-locatable classroom alternative.

To continue to serve the PSU community, we thought we would offer financial support in addition to hands-on opportunities to inspire rising architecture professionals to consider a career in modular construction and improve the communities where they live. In offering Rebecca this scholarship, we believe that’s exactly what she’ll do. Congratulations Rebecca! 

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