Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Deverell Smith '00 Featured in America East's Black History Month Celebration

In an effort to honor African American alumni from each of the nine schools affiliated with the America East, the conference has put together a nine-part video series featuring one prominent African American alumnus from each school. This video series, created in celebration of Black History Month, highlights the great history and success that African American graduates from America East schools have had and also displays the variety of different jobs and backgrounds in which these alumni have made an impact.

From the University of Hartford, the America East conference has chosen to honor alumnus Deverell Smith '00.  See the America East's profile and video of Deverell Smith.

Here is what the America East wrote about Smith on its website:

Since graduating from the University of Hartford in 2000 with a bachelor of science in architectural engineering technology, Deverell Smith has ascended to the role of project manager for the prestigious Tiffany & Co. In this role, Smith has designed stores for Tiffany & Co. across the world, including a location in the Las Vegas City Center that has won two international design awards. Prior to his work at Tiffany & Co., Smith designed retail environments for companies such as Coach, Calvin Klein and Lancome.

Due to his acclaimed work, Smith was honored by the University of Hartford with the prestigious Anchor Award in 2010. Smith also serves on the board of the University's College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture (CETA). When not designing, Smith is an avid bicyclist, as evidenced by his participation on NYC Cycling Team, Inc., which is a competitive bike racing team that he manages and races with.

With his tremendous success in such a unique line of work, Smith is proof that no matter what a person's passion might be, with hard work and a commitment to excellence, success in any field is possible. While the number of African Americans in design architecture is extremely low, seeing the work done by Smith on a national level should provide motivation to any person considering a potential career in architecture.

Source: http://www.hartford.edu/daily/Articles.asp?MainID=10062&Category=1

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