Civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr. challenged the profession to pursue progressive values in architecture.

This award is named in his memory and is one result of that challenge. This award distinguishes an architect or architectural organization that embodies social responsibility and actively addresses a relevant issue, such as affordable housing, inclusiveness, or universal access.

This social engagement isn’t restricted to architecture—it can be expressed in any area of the nominee’s life or work.

AIA chapters, Knowledge Communities, members of the national AIA Board of Directors, and Strategic Council may submit nominations.

Current members of the Board and Strategic Council are not eligible to submit.

A living recipient of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award shall be automatically elevated to Fellowship, Honorary Membership, or Honorary Fellowship in the Institute, as eligible.

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