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2014 AIA Institute Honors for Young Architects

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The Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career.
Illya Azaroff, AIA

Illya Azaroff, AIA

  • +LAB Architects

Illya has lead the effort throughout the northeast region, in pre and post Sandy resilience efforts including training hundreds of architects, leading AIA regional recovery workshops, publications, and working with government officials at all levels.

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Thomas Bradley Benjamin, AIA

Thomas Bradley Benjamin, AIA

  • Radium Architecture

Brad is a passionate advocate for architecture to his clients, his profession, and his community. Ever the consummate team player, he concentrates on elevating his relationships with his clients with particular emphasis on complex projects.

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Joshua Flowers, AIA

Joshua Flowers, AIA

  • Hnedak Bobo Group

An AIA leader at the national, regional, state and local levels, Joshua Flowers, AIA is dedicated to promoting and advancing the next generation of the profession through knowledge sharing, advocacy, and community engagement.

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Wyatt Frantom, AIA

Wyatt Frantom, AIA

  • Gensler

Wyatt is an exceptional architect, a thoughtful designer, and a committed and respected leader in our profession having made significant contributions early in his career; demonstrating great promise to the profession and to the AIA.

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Nathan Kalaher, AIA

Nathan Kalaher, AIA

  • PLaN Architecture

Nathan Kalaher, AIA uses design to communicate to others the potential of their community. He demonstrates that for our profession to advance large scale change we need to be engaged leaders and instigators of change.

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Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

  • MKThink

Evelyn has a great love for the profession, but believes architecture practice needs to evolve in order to continue to remain relevant within today's changing economy. The value that architects bring goes beyond buildings and structures.

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Timothy W. Maddox, AIA

Timothy W. Maddox, AIA

  • deMx architecture

Through service to his profession, service to his community, and a passion for designing good architecture, Timothy W. Maddox, AIA has demonstrated exceptional leadership in all aspects of his young professional career.

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Daniel Overbey, AIA

Daniel Overbey, AIA

  • Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects

Daniel is a research architect and author devoted to leveraging evidence based methods to improve architectural practice, shape policy, and foster the next generation of architects.

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Mark Pasnik, AIA

Mark Pasnik, AIA

  • over,under; Pinkcomma Gallery; Wentworth Institute of Technology

Mark Pasnik has deepened the public’s understanding of architecture through curatorship, writings, and civic activities. He has been an advocate for design and fostered professional communities by creating new venues for the exchange of ideas.

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Michael P. Pfeffer, AIA

Michael P. Pfeffer, AIA

  • Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP

Michael Pfeffer has highly advanced design, management and communication skills, international business expertise, a strong sense of civic duty and community service, and a concern for the professional development of colleagues and even younger architects.

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Jason Dale Pierce, AIA

Jason Dale Pierce, AIA

  • HOK

Jason Pierce leads by example. His constant involvement with community and industry organizations has shaped his notable career. His active leadership roles and continual insistence upon assisting others make Jason a formidable force within the profession.

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Mark A. Schwamel, AIA

Mark A. Schwamel, AIA

  • Gensler

Mark Schwamel has focused his career on local, state, and national AIA service and advocacy. His efforts range from advocating for ARE timing to building bridges between emerging professionals and Institute Fellows.

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Matt Slagle, AIA

Matt Slagle, AIA

  • TowerPinkster Architects & Engineers

Matt Slagle epitomizes young architects through his passion for design leadership, award-winning body of work, technical detailing expertise, and devotion to community and peers.

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Christian B. Sottile, AIA

Christian B. Sottile, AIA

  • Sottile & Sottile, Urban Design and Civic Architecture; Savannah College of Art and Design

A passionate steward of Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District, Sottile’s work unites preservation, urbanism, art, and architecture. As a practicing architect and university dean, he models civic leadership to the future of the profession.

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Lorena Toffer, AIA

Lorena Toffer, AIA

  • Corgan Associates

Lorena Toffer believes in design as a catalyst for improving human experience, values partnerships, mentoring, and championing grassroots initiatives. Regarded as a design leader, community activist, and advocate for diversity and inclusion, she exemplifies servant leadership in architecture.

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Brian Vitale, AIA

Brian Vitale, AIA

  • Gensler

Brian Vitale continually pushes his students, colleagues, and clients to produce an architecture that is infused with meaning, and that always elevates the typical and the everyday to the poetic.

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Karen E. Williams, AIA

Karen E. Williams, AIA

  • HKS Architects Inc.

Karen Williams is an energetic, passionate, architecture professional driven to enhancing the community, the future, and the profession though mentorship, leadership, teaching, and marketing the creative values of the built environment.

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Jeffrey M. Yrazabal, AIA

Jeffrey M. Yrazabal, AIA

  • SRG Partnership

Jeff Yrazabal demonstrates exemplary leadership in his practice, profession, and community through tireless advocacy for design, mentorship, research, and sustainability.

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