On its 40th anniversary, PBR HAWAI‘I established a $40,000 scholarship in the School of Architecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This year is its 50th anniversary and the local landscape, architectural and community planning company is celebrating again—this time with a $50,000 donation. This new gift establishes an endowed scholarship to support students in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences.
College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan said, “UH Mānoa’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers a professional program that fosters a multidisciplinary set of intellectual and practical tools, and enables practitioners to chart the future in an age of uncertainty. Through its recipients, the PBR HAWAI‘I endowed scholarship will improve the quality of life for present and future generations—locally and globally—through planning, public policy and social collaboration.”
Department of Urban and Regional Planning Chair Priyam Das added, “Hawai‘i presents fertile ground for exploring strategies to address persistent and emerging planning issues—from housing affordability and transportation alternatives to food security, environmental sustainability, the resilience of island and coastal communities, natural hazards and climate change adaptation and appreciating indigenous perspectives for improving planning responses.
"This scholarship for students dedicated to a career in urban and regional planning is a testament to PBR HAWAI‘I’s efforts to leverage local expertise to have a positive impact on the future of Hawai‘i.”
Many of PBR HAWAI‘I’s planning staff are graduates or have been affiliated with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
PBR HAWAI‘I Chairman Thomas S. Witten, FASLA, said, “Our staff have also served as lecturers and have collaborated with faculty and staff on planning issues. Together, we are advancing the profession of planning throughout the state. We are delighted to deepen our connection with UH through this endowment and creating a more sustainable, equitable and livable environment for all of our residents.”
PBR HAWAI‘I has also donated an additional $10,000 to its 40th anniversary architecture scholarship endowment.
Interim Dean of Architecture Bill Chapman concluded, “On behalf of our students, I’d like to thank PBR HAWAI‘I for its generous support. The School of Architecture is delighted to receive this new gift in honor of the firm's 50th anniversary."