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Snøhetta honored by community contribution award from New Heights Middle School for PENCIL partnership

Jun 07, 2019

Snøhetta has been a longstanding partner with PENCIL, a not-for-profit organization that connects public middle and high school students in New York City to business mentors. Since 2012, Snøhetta’s New York studio has partnered with New Heights Middle School (NHMS) in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, to both form educational groups in the school and bring scholars in-studio to design and build interactive projects.

On May 22, 2019, Snøhetta was honored at NHMS’ annual Community Voice Night with an award of recognition for contributions to their community. Kate Grimes accepted the award on behalf of the 20+ Snøhetta employees that have contributed to the program over the years.

Take a look inside the studio at Snøhetta and PENCIL's partnership. 


Each year, Snøhetta creates a unique curriculum for the cohort of 15-20 middle schoolers. In past years, the scholars have designed stop-motion animations, lighting design, and a walking tour of their own neighborhoods. This semester, the scholars completed their most extensive project yet: a 2-year curriculum that led them through designing, modeling, and building their own functional piece of furniture. These benches were then installed in their school. 

Dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of the architecture and STEM industries, more broadly, Snøhetta’s PENCIL School Partnership program has engaged 80+ NMHS students through seven years of involvement. In October 2018, Snøhetta was honored at PENCIL’s annual Gala for its innovative programming and longstanding commitment to PENCIL’s students.

PENCIL’s core mission is to connect students to success. PENCIL School Partnerships are created between teams of business volunteers and NYC public schools. Volunteers share their talents directly with students, offering students the opportunity to develop skills necessary for post-secondary achievement.

Snøhetta honored by community contribution award from New Heights Middle School for PENCIL partnership