Fourteen architects selected to receive the 2017 Young Architects Award

For immediate release:

Washington, D.C. – February 24, 2017 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 14 recipients for the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award. Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. This award, now in its 24th year, honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. The Young Architects Award recipients will be honored at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando.  

Recipients of the 2017 AIA Young Architects Award:

Kara Bouillette, AIA, Hufft Projects

Shannon Christensen, AIA, CTA Architects Engineers

R. Corey Clayborne, AIA, Wiley|Wilson

Danielle C. Hermann, AIA, OPN Architects

Jeffrey Erwin Huber, AIA, Brooks + Scarpa Architects and Florida Atlantic University

Benjamin Kasdan, AIA, KTGY Architecture + Planning

Andrea Love, AIA, Payette

Kurt Neiswender, AIA, Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects

Jonathan Opitz, AIA, AMR Architects

Jeffrey  Pastva, AIA, JDAVIS

Jessica Sheridan, AIA, Mancini Duffy

Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA, Wheeler Kearns Architects

Lora Teagarden, AIA, RATIO Architects

Luis Velez-Alvarez, AIA, SmithGroupJJR

The jury for the 2017 Young Architects Award includes: John Sorrenti, FAIA, (Chair), JRS Architect, PC; Josh Flowers, AIA, Hnedak Bobo Group; Peter Kuttner, FAIA, Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.; Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, LML Consulting; Raymond 'Skipper' Post, FAIA, Post Architects and Edward Vance, FAIA, EV&A Architects, Inc.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit


Matt Tinder
(202) 626 7462

Image credits

Back to media center list