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Miami Dade College Graduate Jose Ibarra Awarded Scholarship from Prominent Architecture Institutions


Miami, August 6, 2013 - Having grown up in a family full of architects, Jose Ibarra opted to major in bioengineering upon enrolling at Miami Dade College (MDC). But eventually the drafting pen and knack for design came calling. Ibarra not only changed his major to architecture, he graduated with a 4.0 GPA this past May and is headed to Cornell University with a Disadvantaged Minority scholarship by the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and The American Institute of Architectures (AIA).

The $4,000 scholarship, renewable each year of his studies, was awarded on the basis of students’ personal achievements, as well as essay and architecture draft submissions. Ibarra, who was also awarded a merit scholarship from Cornell University, credits his architecture professors at MDC for inspiring him.   

“I felt really empowered especially by my professors. They played a huge role in making me believe in myself,” said the 23-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela. He added that MDC professors gave students individual attention and “helped us explore our individual talents and see what our strengths were.”

While at MDC, Ibarra was the recipient of the 2012-2013 MDC Outstanding Student of the Year in Architecture Award. He also served as a community coordinator for the non-profit and was honored with the President's Volunteer Service Award for community engagement and service.

“Jose Ibarra is a fine example of how students in our program can achieve great academic goals,” said José M. Lozano, Chairperson of MDC’s School of Architecture and Interior Design. “He has been accepted to several top universities as many of our graduates have been for many years. This is a strong indication of the high quality of our program.”

Ibarra says his design focus is reshaping public spaces. Similar to his professors at MDC, Ibarra said he plans to pursue advanced degrees and teach architecture.

For more information, contact José M. Lozano at 305-237-0635 or

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