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Evelyn M. Lee, AIA | Notes of Interest

Evelyn is a forward-thinking professional who has worked to create positive change on behalf of emerging professionals and has earned the respect of her peers across generations at both the AIA California Council and the national AIA.

She is a visionary who embraces traditional architecture practice while seeing the necessity for practice and the AIA to evolve to remain relevant. Her understanding of the future of the profession recognizes her generation’s belief that the conversation embraces not only a broader definition of architecture as a profession but also one that is deeply engaged in public and political arenas.

She has been a very active participant with the AIACC and the national AIA. In 2003 she helped launch the AIACC’s Academy of Emerging Professionals, and she was senior associate representative to the national board from 2005 to 2007. Her work for the AIACC in 2011–12 as vice president of communications and public affairs resulted in a 500% increase in hits on the council’s web site and a quadrupling of social media interactions. In her role as an AIA Repositioning ambassador, she coordinated state-level initiatives through an online forum, allowing for transparent and open discussion. She was selected to serve as the 2014–15 public relations director on the Young Architects Forum Advisory Committee.

Her record of service is clear evidence of her commitment to giving back to the profession. In addition to her volunteer leadership service, Evelyn worked as the first program manager for Public Architecture’s 1% program on behalf of pro bono work and socially responsible design. She developed an integrated strategic plan that resulted in a 200% increase in membership of architecture firms and more than 100 new nonprofit participants.

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Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

  • Firm: MKThink
  • Location: San Francisco

2014 Young Architects Award Jury

  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, Chair
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA
  • LML Consulting
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Albert W. Rubeling, FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
  • Towson, Maryland
  • John Sorrenti, FAIA
  • JRS Architect, PC
  • Mineola, New York
  • William J. Stanley, III, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

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