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Li ’15 Awarded ‘A’ Fund Scholarship

Yifei “Audrey” Li ’15 has been nominated by the Architecture Department as the recipient of The ‘A’ Fund Scholarship, an award given biannually to outstanding architecture or archeology majors who are entering their third year at the Colleges.

“I am very glad that I was awarded the ‘A’ Fund Scholarship and I am certain that it will further motivate me to pursue architecture here at HWS,” says Li, a double major in architecture and studio art with a minor in sociology.

Li says her current academic interests arrive at the intersection of urban, fashion and interior design. Last November, Li was one of several student fashion designers who showcased their work during a student-produced, student-designed fashion show hosted by the HWS Arts Collective.

Looking to the future, Li says she hopes to attend graduate school and would like to pursue a career in line with her range of interests in design.

Li credits her home city of Beijing as a point of inspiration for her scholarly pursuits in architecture. She says it’s encouraging to know that the field can have a tremendous impact on people and communities, both visually and functionally.

“Beijing has provided enough visual resources for me to simply look at the buildings and see how they interact with people and how they shape the image and identity of the city,” she says.

Professor of Art and Architecture Ted Aub, who has taught courses on architecture in which Li participated, says she is a wonderful person to have received the award. Aub says even when Li was a first-year student that she was fully involved with the creative life of the Colleges, working at numerous extracurricular activities, including helping to organize the Spring Arts Festival.

“Audrey is remarkably talented and dedicated as a student, and she works at the highest level,” Aub says. “Her work is skillful and original.”

About the Scholarship:

Created in 1993, 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.