MBA senior and Portland resident John Raulston Graham has been accepted to the Princeton University Class of 2024. He was among 791 students selected for the freshman class, which includes students from 48 states and 33 countries.
Princeton is currently the highest ranked national undergraduate university by the US News and World Report.
Graham will study architecture and that was the focus of his college search. Princeton’s architecture school is known for producing some of the world’s most famous architects such as Pritzker Prize Laureate Robert Venturi. The focus on teaching architecture in a broader context rather than the technical skills drew him to apply to Princeton.
Graham said, “I have been committed to being an architect since sixth grade, when I began to model some of my architectural ideas. Since then, I have worked internships in both Nashville and Kansas City honing my skills at the practice of architecture. Perhaps more meaningfully, I have had the opportunity through school grants to study the history of art and architecture in the US over the past two summers.
“After working for multiple years with the local Portland Preservation Foundation and learning about the history and theory of architecture, I have learned the importance of creation of unique senses of place and the impact that the built environment can have on people's lives.”
Graham is the son of Kevin and Julianne Graham and the grandson of Billy and Denise Geminden and Ken and Sandy Graham.