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Honoring Parents With a Lasting Legacy

Rose and Peter DeLauri

Rose and Peter DeLauri

Tricia DeLauri grew up watching construction sites with fascination.

"I always wanted to be an architect," Tricia says. "Even as a little kid, I'd be the only one on the bus saying, ‘Did you see that building?'"

Now, thanks to her Rensselaer education, the 1985 graduate is able to look at a building and see what key elements are being expressed in the design and how it came together.

"RPI taught me how to think," says Tricia, who is an Associate at Shepley Bulfinch, an architectural firm in Boston's Seaport. "It taught me how to solve problems."

Giving Back to Honor Parents
Last year, Tricia established the DeLauri Family Travel Award for Architecture Students to honor the memory of her parents. The award fund is part of the Rensselaer endowment so it will benefit many generations of future architecture students.

"Both of my parents were born during the Depression, and neither had an advanced education. Both were the oldest of single-parent families. But they saved up for me to go to college," Tricia says. "I was probably the only 3-year-old who had my own earmarked assets. My parents really taught me the importance of an education."

Tricia chose to fund study abroad because the experience changed her. She was having a hard time with her studies when she headed to Rome for the spring semester in 1983.

"It opened my eyes to how buildings fit into their environment over long periods of time," she says. "And it came at a point in my life when I was 21 years old trying to understand architecture and how I was going to fulfill my role as an architect. I came back a more mature young lady."

Tricia has started contributing to the fund now and she plans on adding to it through her estate in the future.

There are many ways to leave a lasting legacy at Rensselaer. Contact Art Tracy '92 MS at 518-276-2561 or tracya@rpi.edu to discuss your options.

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