Christian Martinez ’13 has been awarded the biennial ‘A’ Fund Architecture Award. The scholarship is presented to a rising junior architecture major who shows great promise and dedication to the field.
Created in 1992, the ‘A’ Fund was established by Professor of English Grant Holly, his daughter-actress Lauren Holly, and their family, friends and colleagues in honor of Alexander Holly, son of Grant, brother of Lauren. Alexander, known to his family as “A,” tragically passed away as a young man, before he was able to realize his ambition to become an architect. The ‘A’ Fund, which gives aid to outstanding architecture or archeology majors entering their third year at the Colleges is a lasting tribute to Alexander.
Martinez, an architecture major and studio art and environmental studies double minor, first became interested in architecture when his father suggested it as a field he might explore. “The more I looked into it and the more I fell in love with it,” says Martinez, a Resident Assistant and Chi Phi brother. “I love the way it can catch your eye, how large and small we are able to build things, and how important it is in our lives.”
Currently, Martinez is interested in general architecture; however, his environmental studies minor has started to play a part in the way he views the field. “I have been learning about sustainable design lately,” remarks Martinez, who plans to pursue a master’s degree in architecture following graduation from HWS.
“It feels wonderful to be the recipient of this award,” remarks Martinez. “It’s really helped to further encourage my path in the world of architecture.”
According to Lauren Holly’s Web site, “Alexander Innes Holly, ‘A,’ as we called him, was a boy filled with dreams, hopes, and plans. Although he was only fourteen when he died, he had traveled extensively in Europe and Central America, lived in New York City and Los Angeles, and these experiences produced in him a fascination for architecture and archaeology.”
“And what are architecture and archaeology but the physical evidence of the dreams, hopes, and plans of our species: archeology recreating the world of those who have gone before us, and architecture mapping the world we live in now, and the one on the edge of being built?”
“The ‘A’ Fund for Architecture and Archeology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been created in Alexander’s memory to help fulfill the dreams, hopes and plans of generations of students studying these subjects for years to come.”