AIA selects four individuals to receive the 2017 Associates Award

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Washington, D.C. – February 24, 2017 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have selected four Associate AIA members to receive the 2017 Associates Award. The AIA Associates Award is given to individual Associate AIA members to recognize outstanding leaders and creative thinkers for significant contributions to their communities and the architecture profession.  The recipients will be honored at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando.

2017 Associates Award recipients:

Je'Nen M. Chastain, Assoc. AIA, Heller Manus Architects

Michael Friebele, Assoc. AIA, FTA Design Studio

Linsey Graff, Assoc. AIA, Ayers Saint Gross Architects

Mona Zellers, Assoc. AIA, LMN Architects

Associate membership is open to individuals who meet one of the following criteria: professional degree in architecture; currently work under the supervision of an architect; currently enrolled in the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and working toward licensure; or faculty member in a university program in architecture.

The jury for the 2017 Associates Award includes: Illya Azaroff, AIA, (Chair), +LAB architects; Hans Butzer, AIA, Butzer Architects and Urbanism; Damian Farrell, FAIA, Damian Farrell Design Group; Jared Edgar Mcknight, Assoc. AIA, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC and Lynn M. Perkins, AIA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle

About The American Institute of Architects

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