Nemec Receives 2018 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award

Allyson D. Nemec AIA

Architect Allyson D. Nemec, AIA, Milwaukee, has been selected to receive the 2018 "Golden Award" from AIA Wisconsin, the state society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Golden Award is the highest honor the professional organization can bestow upon a member architect.

The Golden Award will be formally presented to Nemec on May 9 during the 2018 AIA Wisconsin Conference on Architecture at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The first Golden Award was conferred by the Wisconsin Society of Architects in 1986. Nemec is the thirty-first Wisconsin architect to receive the award.

Nemec is being recognized for her distinguished leadership and service in advancing the profession of architecture and inspiring other architects. A determined and dedicated volunteer, she uses her professional skills to assist numerous community nonprofit agencies and support the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. As professionals committed to improving living and working environments, she believes architects need to offer innovative solutions to create a higher quality of life for all people. Nemec is a model professional and an inspiration to others interested in improving their community.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and Master of Architecture from UWM, Nemec and two partners founded Quorum Architects in Milwaukee in 1993. Specializing in renovations to the existing built environment, it has grown to become a 26-person architecture, interior design and landscape design firm.

"An effective leader of the AIA, Allyson Nemec is focused on tackling the big issues facing the profession of architecture and the broader construction industry,” according to current AIA Wisconsin president Tate Walker, AIA, Madison. "The Golden Award recognizes her significant contributions in preparing future architects for professional careers, working to increase the diversity of our profession, advocating for life-long learning to better serve all communities, and increasing public awareness of the positive influence architecture has on our lives.”

“My professional focus has been urban revitalization through architecture design, primarily adaptive reuse and historic preservation; and I have been fortunate to be able to design, to teach, and to use my diverse talents as an architect to improve our communities,” notes Nemec. “I truly love my multi-faceted career and enjoy opportunities to reveal this exciting occupation to young first-generation future architects through shadowing, externships, mentoring and as an adjunct professor.”

With the theme “we recycle buildings,” a goal of her firm is to make Milwaukee a better place to learn, work and live. Her creative design solutions have a positive influence on the quality of life in local neighborhoods. For example, a small inner-city school thanked Nemec for “brightening our school and the spirits of our teachers and students.”

As the president of AIA Wisconsin in 2001, Nemec encouraged conversations on ideas for strengthening the profession of architecture. Initiatives included encouraging emerging professionals to become licensed, providing quality affordable housing for all economic groups, increasing membership diversity, enhancing public awareness, and advocating for the adoption of a contemporary model building code. As a leader of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation, serving as president in 2008-09, Nemec worked successfully to increase scholarships for students pursuing architecture degrees.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has recognized Nemec for her active involvement and strong support for the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. For over a decade, she has served as an adjunct professor in the architecture department. Nemec is a valuable role model and mentor for students and emerging professionals interested in architecture-related careers.

Nemec is an active volunteer, contributing her time and talents to numerous community organizations working to make Milwaukee a better place by design. As chair of the Near West Side Partners Commercial Corridor Committee, for example, she introduced the design charrette process to help revitalize the neighborhood as part of its vacant storefront initiative. Nemec also is a board member of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and the King Fund as well as an active member of the Concordia Neighborhood Association. Prior community leadership roles include chairing the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission and serving as president of the UWM Alumni Association and the Next Act Theater Advisory Board.

With over 1,400 members, AIA Wisconsin represents architects in private practice, business, industry, government and education. Founded in 1911, it is the state society of the American Institute of Architects.

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For information contact: William Babcock, Hon. AIA (608) 257-8477; Tate Walker, AIA (608) 286-9397; Allyson Nemec, AIA (414) 265-9265

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Allyson D. Nemec AIA

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