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Kristine Royal, AIA

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.

Architect members of the AIA who have been licensed to practice architecture fewer than 10 years by the submission deadline are eligible to be nominated; the term young architect has no reference to the age of nominees. Any component, member of the national AIA Board of Directors, knowledge community, or College of Fellows may nominate one or more individuals.

The tangible contributions Kristine Royal, AIA has made to the architecture profession are easy to discern from her resume: the long list of committee involvements; the numerous programs and workshops she has developed; and her personal achievements and distinctions. Although her professional activities range widely in scale from local to national arenas, Kristine’s efforts are consistently focused on advocating for emerging professionals and young architects while joining forces with industry stakeholder groups. She has connected with hundreds of architects, in all career stages, through her unflagging enthusiasm for personal and professional development. However, it is the intangible and the immeasurable that hold the most weight in her accomplishments and the most promise for her future contributions. A strong proponent of the YAF’s three part mission of Leadership, Fellowship and Mentorship, Kristine utilizes, cultivates, and exemplifies these tenets in all of her endeavors.

Kristine’s work on the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Advisory Committee began in 2005 when she was selected to serve as the committee’s Program Advisor. In this role, Kristine instantly found her finger on the pulse of young professionals nationwide as she began developing content for several successful Grassroots and Convention programs including matri.ARCH.itect and Risky Business: Work Life Balance. Simultaneously, Kristine served on AIA’s Continuing Education Strategic Task Force and the Continuing Education Quality Assurance Panel (CEQAP). This mix of committee work, all focused on different facets of professional development, allowed Kristine to hone in on the unaddressed needs of young architects, determine original and quality programming content, and source expert practitioners to speak to these issues.

By finding common ground, sharing interests and working for mutual benefit, Kristine has leveraged successful partnerships into dynamic collaborations. She jointly developed program content for the YAF and the AGC Construction Leadership Council (CLC, formerly the Young Constructors Forum) Working Weekend in 2005 and 2007. Similarly, Kristine has teamed with the AIA’s Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) to bring critical and timely discourse to Rhode Island’s design community through RUDC’s SpringRoundtable2007.

In her professional practice, Kristine’s focus on historic preservation and adaptive reuse showcase her multi-faceted leadership and design skills through responsive and innovative design solutions. As a new mother, Kristine’s architectural work took on new meaning when she realized that it safeguards not only the past but also the cultural heritage and the legacy of upcoming generations. Her practice promotes environmentally responsible, community driven, and contextually responsive design.

As an individual truly dedicated to her vocation, Kristine believes that her work will positively and beneficially impact those around her. She is one of a few who clearly sees their function within the larger framework of society and strives for positive impact in all of her undertakings. Kristine’s practice is a well crafted balance of community engagement, professional leadership and design excellence. The opportunities and experiences that she creates now are in an effort to prepare for the enormity, complexity and significance of the work that lies ahead. While the majority of Kristine’s contributions are quantifiable, it is the subtle changes to the architectural profession’s consciousness through her concentration on leadership, fellowship, and mentorship that are the most important and the most unquantifiable.

Kristine Royal. AIA


Donald J. Hackl, FAIA (Chair)
Loebl, Schlossman & Hackl

Edward J. Kodet Jr., FAIA
Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.

Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
McLean, Virginia

Ronald Skaggs, FAIA
HKS, Inc.

Chester A. Widom, FAIA
WWCOT Architecture & Interiors
Santa Monica, California


“Her active role
within the Young Architects
Forum and her focus
on restoration architecture
were noted as exceptional
by the jury.”


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