Texas Tech Student Interning with Diamond Schmitt Architects through Collaboration with LEPAA


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Original Release Date: May 26, 2015

(Lubbock-TX) Lubbock Entertainment and Performing Arts Association (LEPAA) has partnered with Texas Tech University to send an architecture student to intern with world-renowned Diamond Schmitt Architects.

xavierXavier Encerrado, a Texas Tech graduate student in the College of Architecture, applied for the internship directly through Diamond Schmitt’s website, and after a series of conference interviews via Skype, eventually won the prestigious spot.

“It is an honor to start my career at a globally known architecture firm, and to have this opportunity at such an early stage in my career is definitely a dream come true,” said the El Paso native.

Encerrado will join the Toronto-based architectural firm for a four-month internship to work on the design of LEPAA’s upcoming performance venue, The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences.

This world-class venue’s design is the result of over six months of collaboration among local and international development team partners Garfield Public/Private, LLC, Parkhill, Smith, & Cooper, MWM Architects, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Hugo Reed & Associates, Jaffe Holden Acoustics, Schuler Shook, and Lee Lewis Construction.

Tim Collins, LEPAA Board Chairman, approached Diamond Schmitt with the collaboration idea in order to create a partnership with Texas Tech University.

“We were very happy to oblige because we want to develop stronger relationships with both Lubbock and Texas Tech,” said Jack Diamond, principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects.