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2010 YOUNG ARCHITECTS AWARDS

Gregory Minott, 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.

Gregory Minott was born in Jamaica where he also began his professional career as an architect and continues to consult. In 1999 Gregory moved to the US in order to continue his education at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. After completing his graduate work, acquiring a Master of Architecture and Master in Infrastructure Planning, he has continued to work in the northeastern regions of the US, becoming a member of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and gaining more than 10 years of experience. Gregory has developed an expertise in infrastructure and master planning, and the design of retail, commercial, institutional, and mixed-use projects, combining aesthetic appeal, functionality and sustainability.

Gregory has quickly made a name for himself through his important contribution in urban design and architecture on diverse projects that seek to make more livable communities, better connection in urban neighborhoods and more durable and sustainable urban environments. In his current role as a project architect at Elkus Manfredi Architects, Gregory has made significant design contributions to award-winning transit-oriented and urban renewal projects throughout the country. Greg’s commitment to urban neighborhoods is best demonstrated in his participation last year in a planning competition sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority for Dudley Square in Roxbury. On his own time and with his own resources, Greg led the winning team, which crafted a comprehensive strategy for integrating mixed use development, civic uses, and infrastructure improvements to regenerate this fragile urban center. Greg’s proposal not only won first place for Best Design for Building, but was also specifically recognized for its insightful consideration of the cultural and physical factors affecting the site and the solution’s potential for revitalizing this community. Recognized by the jury and the Mayor of Boston for its comprehensive vision, the plan has impacted the BRA’s planning for the area and influenced new infrastructure proposals. His work has been featured in several national-level publications and was even featured at the 2008 AIA National Convention.

Gregory is a committed mentor to Boston inner-city youth programs. He conducts design studios, promotes careers in design, and cultivates long-term relationships as a role model. In recognition of his role in promoting the diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds within the BSA community, the BSA nominated Gregory for elective office this year.Gregory is most energized by his work in struggling urban areas, but he also demonstrates an overarching commitment to design innovative spaces that improve quality of life. Regardless of the project, whether it be a daycare center or a city hall, it is clear that Gregory aspires to hear and translate the dreams and desires of others. He has proven to be not only a talented designer, but also a caring man with tremendous potential to further impact the lives of others with his work.



Gregory Minott, AIA


2010 YOUNG ARCHITECTS AWARD JURY


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

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

Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
McLean, Virginia

Ronald Skaggs, FAIA
HKS, Inc.
Dallas

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


JURY COMMENTS

“Gregory has demonstrated
exceptional leadership in
design, planning, education
and service to the profession.
His sensitivity to community
projects is proof that he looks
thoroughly at all concerns
and listens carefully”

 

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