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Anthony J. Piermarini, 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.

Anthony J. Piermarini received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and went on to receive a Master of Architecture II at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Together with Hansy Better Barraza he is a founding principal of Studio Luz Architects. Committed to design excellence, service, quality and delivery of every project, Anthony works closely with complex committee based client groups, local municipalities as well as various institutions to help realize each project’s goals. His approach emerges from a design philosophy that is sensitive to the specific culture and climate in which architecture operates. He seeks to strengthen the interrelationships between design, technology and the environment in which we build.

Studio Luz Architects is an agile, forward thinking practice that strives to link social responsibility and sustainable construction practices with built material expression. SLA has garnered many awards including being named one of Architecture Record’s Design Vanguard in 2006.

The built work of Studio Luz Architects has been internationally recognized and continues to solicit inquiries from design schools and publications. Anthony contributes to expanding the understanding of architecture through talks within the local municipalities, professional organizations and academic communities. He has been invited to speak at conferences from as far away as Kuala Limpur Malaysia to the University of California, Berkeley, presenting the work of Studio Luz Architects. He has been a guest speaker invited by local municipalities to address various ways in which civic building can take advantage of new geothermal, solar and wind power sources.

His service extends beyond the community and into the classroom as a Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design where he teaches courses on representation. He has also taught at Cornell University, Northeastern University and the Boston Architectural College in design studio and courses in digital fabrication.

Committed to social responsibility through practice, Anthony is responsible for initiating SLA’s participation in the 1% pro-bono program which has contributed to projects such as the Campus D’Espoir for Hope for the Children of Haiti a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit.

This project won a Progressive Architecture Award in 2007. Anthony served as a key principal in the development strategies for the project, including assisting HFC with planning a phasing strategy that responds to the fundraising process. He also participated in community presentations of the project to raise awareness of the conditions surrounding Vulnerable Children in Haiti. The homes are designed as communal centers, where group interaction, sharing and supporting resources are encouraged. Each house employs economically efficient, sustainable, and region specific strategies of construction and climate control such as local material selection, passive cooling, and rainwater harvesting. Anthony also serves as a volunteer for the Roslindale Village Main Streets another non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the Village’s economic vitality, physical appearance and unique local character.

Anthony Piermarini. 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


“His outstanding design skills
are coupled with leadership.”


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