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Lorena Toffer, AIA | Notes of Interest

Since the beginning of her volunteer efforts with AIA Dallas, Lorena has embodied the qualities of the servant leader. She is a passionate voice for diversity and inclusion, serving as a role model, mentor, and inspiration to emerging professionals, Latinos, women, and community youth.

Through her creation and stewardship of groundbreaking programs and opportunities, she has become a catalyst for change and a bridge builder, showing the possibilities for all. Her efforts to make architecture a more diverse and inclusive profession have centered on the chapter’s new committee, Latinos in Architecture, which she chaired in 2012–13. Beyond its local impact, the committee has provided Lorena the chance to engage nationally, at Grassroots and with other chapters that seek to start similar programs. Under her leadership of the Young Architects Forum in 2011–12, Lorena launched two signature programs, a portfolio/résumé workshop and the “10 Under Ten” traveling exhibition.

She has volunteered for several years at the Skyline Architecture Center, a school that serves mainly low-income students who are usually the first in their family to attend college. One of the programs she organized, “From an Architect’s Bookshelf,” distributed more than 1,500 donated books to students and established libraries at seven middle/high schools. She also led an effort to document a 330-family neighborhood in West Dallas, a community facing development; as a result of the work, the Dallas City Council approved one of the largest Neighborhood Stabilization Overlays.

Lorena is a project architect at Corgan Associates. Among her many honors, she received the 2012 AIA National Diversity Award, and in 2011 AIA Dallas named her Young Architect of the Year.

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© Corgan Associates; Jonathan Toffer

Lorena Toffer, AIA

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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