Alberti Program to partner with PGAV Destinations

Design firm pledges $125K to support Washington University program for young architects

Gay Lorberbaum, senior lecturer in the Sam Fox School, works with Alberti students earlier this fall. (High-res images upon request). (Credit: photos courtesy of Sam Fox School)

St. Louis-based design firm PGAV Destinations has pledged $125,000 and the volunteer time of its leading designers to support The Alberti Program at Washington University in St. Louis’ Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts for the next five years.

“Events in Ferguson and elsewhere are a reminder that career opportunities are not equal for all residents of our community, and partnering with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and Washington University’s Alberti Program is an ideal opportunity to share our passion with underserved segments of our community that have limited resources, and inspire growth,” said Mike Konzen, chair and principal of PGAV Destinations.

The Alberti Program launched in 2006 under the guidance of Bruce Lindsey, dean of the Sam Fox School’s College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. Over the years, Alberti has drawn students from 145 regional elementary, middle and high schools, which have on average 50 percent low-income students and 60 percent minority students.

For more details, visit the PGAV Destinations website.

Tom Reed (center, leaning forward), master printer for the Sam Fox School’s Island Press, introduces Alberti students to printmaking techniques.