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Designed for Success – Francis Mussenden


OBM International is pleased to announce that their intern, Francis Mussenden was awarded the Stanley G. Kennedy Architectural Award by the Institute of Bermuda Architects (I.B.A).

To qualify for the award, the candidate must be a Bermudian student who is enrolled in a programme leading to an accredited degree in architecture. Preference is given to candidates who have completed at least their first year of study in an accredited programme, and who demonstrates a high degree of academic merit. This year, Francis was the sole recipient of this prestigious award, which is accompanied by $8,000.00 to assist with education costs.

The Institute of Bermuda Architects established a fund enabling an annual award to be made to one or more Bermudian student. The award winner is selected by the Education Committee as appointed by the Council of the I.B.A

The award is named after Stanley G. Kennedy, an architect who devoted much of his life to advancing educational and professional standards in the architectural profession both in Bermuda and in Jamaica.

Francis, a graduate of Warwick Academy, currently attends The University of the West of England in Bristol. He just completed his first year of studies, with the goal of graduating with a BA (Hons) Architecture and Planning in the year 2022. Francis is in his third year of summer internship with OBMI.

OBMI was established in 1936, by two motivated architects from McGill University, Wilfred Onions and Valmer Bouchard. In 1953, they were joined by John McCulloch. That was the beginning of OBM. In late 1990’s the firm transformed into OBM International (OBMI), in response to increasing global project delivery.

Today OBMI is a global architecture and design firm, with a diversified portfolio. The Bermuda office is home to award winning architects and designers, and run by Michele Smith, Managing Director and Senior Interior Designer, and Colin Campbell, Regional Director, MIBA Senior Architect.

Originally published in The Royal Gazette