Vote for AIA|LA Member to receive $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant

Last Updated: September 13, 2011

3780 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA


Contact: Alex Yarijanian
Cardborigami, Inc.

AIA|LA Member in Competition to Receive $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant for Design & Humanitarian Project

Los Angeles, CA (September 13, 2011) - AIA Los Angeles Associate Member and former Chapter Staffer Tina Hovsepian, Assoc. AIA is a finalist for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project and is seeking support from fellow AIA|LA members for votes. AIA|LA commends the efforts of this young professional as she works to integrate design and humanitarianism.

Hovsepian is a native Southern Californian and a 2009 graduate from the USC School of Architecture. At USC, she developed a project called CARDBORIGAMI that has since grown into a non-profit organization seeking to provide immediate and portable shelter to the homeless and disaster relief victims.

By combining the ancient art of origami with cardboard, Hovsepian has created a temporary shelter that opens and closes in less than a minute with no assembly required. CARDBORIGAMI provides a viable option as an intermediate step towards obtaining permanent housing and does so via the realm of design.

During the month of September, CARDBORIGAMI is a contender for a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant and securing the grant would allow this new non-profit to continue on its mission. Voting from members and friends of AIA|LA could significantly boost votes for this worthy endeavor.

To vote for CARDBORIGAMI in the Pepi Refresh competition, simply visit the official website: You can also vote from your mobile phone by texting 108742 to Pepsi (73774) - standard text messaging rates apply.

To learn more about CARDBORIGAMI, view photos and watch a video demonstration, visit the organization's website,

Last updated: 12-Dec-2012 01:18 AM
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