Rebekah Gladson draws on her experience as UCI campus architect to build an orphanage in India. For her, the comparatively small project has offered big challenges — and even greater rewards by sheltering and educating street children.
Compared to the hospitals, research labs, university buildings and other important structures Rebekah Gladson has designed as campus architect and associate vice chancellor of UC Irvine, an orphanage in India might seem like a small, insignificant project. Not to her.
For Gladson, whose visionary buildings have earned her the Design-Build Institute of America’s Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award and election to The American Institute of ArchitectsCollege of Fellows, the orphanage has become one of the most meaningful projects she’s undertaken in her 25-year career.