The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 15 recipients for the 2013 AIA Young Architects Award. Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. This award, now in its 20th year, honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.
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Alissa D. Luepke Pier, AIA
Throughout her personal and professional life, Pier has consistently exemplified the embodiment of the citizen architect – a professional dedicated to serving the greater public good through quality architecture and community service. Whether as an architect, planning commissioner, educator, volunteer, spouse, parent, board member, preservationist, mentor, or neighbor; she is committed to making a difference in the world.
Andrew Caruso, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, CDT
Caruso is an architect, author, speaker and strategist focused on human capital in the creative industries. His thought leadership on emerging generations of design talent has been published and presented internationally, earning awards within and beyond the design industry. Caruso shapes the practice and education of architecture through his national service to multiple industry organizations, and his current focus on talent strategy for Gensler, one of the world’s largest global design firms.
Brett Charles Taylor, AIA, LEED AP
Taylor has spearheaded several diverse and award-winning SOM projects including the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Infinity Tower in Dubai, and the FBI Field Office in Aurora, Colorado. He co-founded the AIA Chicago Bridge Program and currently sits on the Chicago Architect Magazine Communications Committee. For the past nine years, he has served as House Leader for Rebuilding Together, a non-profit dedicated to improving housing conditions for low-income Chicagoans.
Deepika Padam, AIA, LEED AP
Padam is an award winning and versatile leader with a collaborative approach, global perspective, and cultural sensitivity. She is imaginative and focused with a strong dedication to the profession and community. Widely engaged in public speaking and publishing activities within the AIA and beyond, she has served in leadership roles for USGBC and AIA at local, state, and national levels. Her diverse design experience includes civic, education, justice, commercial, residential, transportation, and research facilities.
Derwin Broughton, AIA
Broughton is not only passionate about architecture, but takes immense ownership in addressing the needs of emerging professionals, underrepresented groups and his community. He is actively engaged with causes that cultivate change. Over the past twelve years Broughton emerged as a leader at Ron Hobbs Architects where he served as architect-of-record on several noteworthy projects. He takes great pride in creating spaces that elevate the quality of life.
Eric R. Hoffman, AIA, NCARB LEED AP
Hoffman is a leading practitioner and educator with a passionate commitment to innovation, realization, mentorship and the environment. His versatile approach balances collaboration with signature architects, design competitions as tools for explorative research and active involvement in architectural education. Hoffman’s numerous contributions and achievements are further endorsed by lasting relationships with clients, students and colleagues.
Jennifer A. Workman, AIA
Workman has worked on notable projects such as Morphosis’ Perot Museum, Foster and Partners AT&T Box Office, and is leading the team for a Dallas high-rise residential tower. She engaged in the AIA to give emerging professionals a voice at the local, state and national levels and has recently completed her term as Chair of the Young Architects Forum where she championed the effort to identify the top issues affecting young architects today.
John Dwyer, AIA
Dwyer’s design work, civic responsibility, and advocacy roles show him to be an exemplary public servant and architect. His search to expand and articulate the value of what he does and of his profession has been a constant pursuit. Dwyer has demonstrated a keen commitment to the profession, the discipline of architecture, and the social role of architecture, working closely with communities. This commitment has made his leadership qualities shine as he pursues both high design and construction values even in a challenging social context.
Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Darnstadt is an architect, educator and founder of Latent Design, a practice at the intersection of architecture and community development creating social, economic and environmental impact beyond the building. Leveraging design as a tool to make the invisible forces impacting a project visible through architecture, the firm’s collaborations range from small-scale tactical interventions, new construction community buildings, adaptive reuse, neighborhood master plans and design speculations. She is Co-Director of the Chicago Chapter of Architecture for Humanity and teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.
Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, LEED AP
Tryggestad’s ability to effectively manage very large projects, combined with his active academic and community involvement, reveals his commitment and value to the profession. As an associate director and studio head for SOM, Lucas has led projects all over the world. His dedication to advancing sustainable goals for architecture and society extends to some of the most innovative environmental programs now underway. He is the leader in developing a new methodology to define metrics for carbon reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, human comfort, and waste.
Matthew Dumich, AIA
Dumich is an associate at Valerio Dewalt Train in Chicago. He is known for his devotion to his clients, incredible attention to detail, and the ability to execute the most complex projects. Dumich has a strong passion for mentoring the next generation of architects and serving his community. He is a respected national leader committed to advancing the profession of architecture and making a positive impact in the world.
Rachel Minnery, AIA
Minnery exemplifies the ideal of an architect thoroughly involved in community activism: reaching out to support communities in crisis with teams of volunteer design professionals, and engaging colleagues and neighbors in the creation of place and the sustenance of vibrant communities for all. She has played an active role in mounting several subsequent hurricane, flooding and earthquake-related building-assessment endeavors in communities throughout the United States and Haiti.
Susannah C. Drake, AIA, ASLA
Drake’s expertise in architecture and landscape architecture has informed her design of buildings and their surroundings. Design of ecological solutions to aging infrastructure and buildings is at the heart of her practice. Drake is the founding principal of dlandstudio and her design work is culturally relevant, ecologically productive, and logically constructed. She is a leader of and mentor to a talented, interdisciplinary team of architects, urban designers, artists, scientists, and landscape architects.
Thomas Hussey, AIA, LEED-AP
Hussey, Associate Director at SOM, is an accomplished city designer who creates human-centered 21st-century master plans based on the fundamental principles of livability and sustainability. Leading multidisciplinary teams based in Chicago and Shanghai, Hussey brings the disciplines of architecture and urban planning together in high-visibility projects throughout the world. His award-winning work addresses critical issues surrounding urbanization and city growth patterns, high-performance infrastructure, city character and urban revitalization.
Virginia Elaine Marquardt, AIA, LEED AP
Giving back to the profession is one of Marquardt’s greatest passions as an architect. Whether serving on AIA boards, chairing an event committee or developing career advancement programs for young architects, she is constantly seeking ways to help open doors for others. With the dynamic shift in how we practice architecture today, Marquardt is more compelled than ever to be actively involved on a local, regional and national level.
About The American Institute of Architects
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