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DCI Engineers Hurtado|Hissong design group

Chronicling our travel scholarship winner

HDG and DCI designed a scholarship opportunity for students studying in the field of architecture, engineering, and interior design. Follow our 2015 European Scholarship Recipient as they embark on a 21 day journey through Amsterdam, Prague and Berlin and explores the architecture that Europe is famous for. This is our opportunity to give back, we hope you enjoy the journey.

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07.06.15 | Czech Republic

#1 City in all of Europe

Finally in Prague! When I speak to people who have travelled through Europe, every one of them said Prague was one of their favorite cities in Europe. On the walk to my hotel, I chatted with a friend I had made on the bus. She had been traveling for two weeks already but had been staying in each city either for only one night or for only part of a day! It made me thankful I would be having the opposite experience.

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Prague, Travel, Adventure, Blogging, Europe

07.02.15 | Czech Republic

On my way to the Czech Republic

My main summer trip that DCI Engineers and HDG Architects provided me with has just started. I will be in Prague, Berlin, and Amsterdam, each for a whole week! Based on personal experience, it is my opinion a week in a city is an ideal amount of time to spend there, for me at least.

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07.01.14 | Florence, Italy

Museo Galileo

Today I went back to the basics with a visit to the Museo Galileo taking me on a journey back in time through the history of science beginning in the 15th century. There were cases full of different kinds of unique and ornate sundials, and beautifully detailed and shiny mathematical toolsets from the 16th century. We were reminded by the museum’s writing that: “Since antiquity, mankind has been fascinated by time, viewed as an enigma on both the philosophical and the physical level.”

We crossed through rooms dedicated to the display of both terrestrial and celestial globes. Imagine having a globe – a spherical representation of the earth – at your fingertips after centuries of believing the earth to be flat. The other incredible idea about these globes was the concept of mapping the skies and the earth. Like the Sistine Chapel, there was so much detail involved in a map, the task must have seemed daunting and exhilarating. 


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06.30.14 | Florence, Italy

Buongiorno Florence!

The first full day in Florence was perfection. It began with a refreshing bite of gelato in the warm Tuscan sun on our way to the Arno River. While we were headed towards the Ponte Vecchio, we had to keep stopping to admire the buildings across the river. The light blue sky with pockets of pure white clouds was a beautiful backdrop for the riverside structures. These buildings were not limited by the river bank – they bravely stretched out leaving solid ground to be supported above the water. 

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06.21.14 | Seattle, Washington

The Adventure Begins

I am all packed and ready for the airport. Stay tuned to see what awaits me in Europe!

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All done with thesis!

06.20.14 | Seattle, Washington

Meet Molly


I am proud to introduce myself as the winner of the DCI and HDG’s 2014 European Travel Scholarship!  But who am I? Well, the travel bug bit this 25 year old when I was a little girl, and since then, I’ve taken every opportunity that came my way to explore.  When I was young, my family used to drive between North Carolina and our hometown in New Hampshire. Every time we crossed one of the magnificent bridges, I would be found glued to the window wondering in amazement at the mighty steel creations carrying us over the water. As a freshman in high school my French class visited France and Spain, and as we wandered through the overwhelmingly elaborate castles, I would run my hands along the cold, smooth columns imagining who constructed them. While at Cornell for my undergraduate degree, I spent an enlightening 18 weeks in Jessore, Bangladesh working with mud and bamboo architecture native to the area. The travel bug did not end with Bangladesh. When I saw the announcement for this scholarship while in graduate school at the University of Washington (UW), I knew I had to make a video entry. 


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