Citizen Architect

Jenna Fribley, AIA

In another life, Jenna Fribley must have been an archeologist or historian, but today she is an architect, interior designer, teacher, realtor, commissioner, board member, entrepreneur, and community advocate. After establishing her own firm in Springfield, Oregon, Fribley has become a relentless force behind the revitalization of downtown Springfield. Through her firm and activism, she has worked to excite community members about Springfield’s history—and its future. As a citizen architect, Fribley also has helped address the region’s affordable housing shortage.

2022 AIA Award for Excellence in Public Architecture

Paul D. Mankins, FAIA

A proud product of the American Midwest, Paul Mankins, FAIA, has leveraged design excellence to craft distinguished spaces for lifelong learning, public art, and sustainability. He has contributed greatly to his hometown of Des Moines, and he has channeled his singular vision in building a portfolio of projects that supports all who live in Iowa. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a keen understanding of the critical role architects play in addressing the social, environmental, and economic concerns of the communities they serve.

2022 AIA Award for Excellence in Public Architecture

Robert D. Eisenstat, FAIA

For more than 30 years, Robert Eisenstat, FAIA, an enthusiastic advocate for public spaces, has demonstrated the important, but often overlooked, role excellent transportation architecture plays in our daily lives. As the design leader for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he has amassed an impressive and vital portfolio of essential projects that serve everyone. His work highlights the importance of architects in shaping the public realm.

Firm management

Firm culture to outrank salary in staff satisfaction

AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker analyzes 2022 economic trends and explores why firm culture and workplace comfort surpass compensation in surveys.

Career and the profession

An Investigation into Bias in the Architecture Profession

In partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Center for WorkLife Law examined how bias plays out in the architecture profession, how it affects workplace processes such as hiring and performance evaluations, and how it affects outcome measures such as intent to stay with one’s employer.

Press Release

Lakisha Woods selected AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer

Woods will serve as the 15th EVP/CEO of the American Institute of Architects.

Nov 19, 2021

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors has selected Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, as the next AIA Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer effective Jan. 31, 2022.

Press Release

Dan Hart, FAIA, inaugurated AIA 2022 President

Dec 13, 2021

After more than three decades as a practicing architect and engineer, Hart is a principal and executive vice president of architecture at Parkhill—a 450-person architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Texas—and serves on the firm’s board of directors. He has experience designing religious and educational buildings and has master-planned a variety of campuses.

2022 Gold Medal

Angela Brooks, FAIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA

Partners in life and design, Angela Brooks, FAIA, and Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, have forged a pioneering brand of architecture that profoundly enriches the human experience and reveals the extraordinary in what is widely considered ordinary. Across three decades, the excellence of their work has been celebrated internationally, recognized for its unparalleled intersection of collaboration, community, research, and reflection. Moreover, their projects demonstrate a keen understanding of beauty, craft, and the raw power of architecture, standing among the very best of the profession.

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