2017 Young Architects Award
Emerging talent deserves recognition. 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.
Kara Bouillette, AIA
Bolstered by her innate leadership abilities, Kara Bouillette is dedicated to advancing the profession while advocating for exposure to the arts.
Shannon Christensen, AIA
A natural mentor and driven volunteer, Shannon Christensen leads by example.
R. Corey Clayborne, AIA
Creative and resourceful, R. Corey Clayborne has distinguished himself as a leader at all levels.
Danielle C. Hermann, AIA
Through a wealth of historic preservation efforts and work for corporate clients, Danielle Hermann has helped reshape Des Moines, Iowa.
Jeffrey Erwin Huber, AIA
A gifted architect and educator, Jeff Huber realized at a young age that good design can provide hope, vision, and resiliency.
Benjamin Kasdan, AIA
Balancing dedicated service with a good-natured personality, Benjamin Kasdan has developed tremendous rapport with his colleagues, clients, and the entire profession.
Andrea Love, AIA
Defining the emerging role of a building scientist, Andrea Love is breaking new ground by implementing state-of-the-art analytic and visualization tools.
Kurt Neiswender, AIA
Leveraging his role as an architect to influence many facets of the profession, Kurt Neiswender is driven by the philosophy that architects should be leaders in advancing civilization.
Jonathan Opitz, AIA
The passion for elevating the architect’s role in shaping community policy exhibited by Jonathan Opitz has made him a key figure for the next generation of design professionals.
Jeffrey Pastva, AIA
Demonstrating effective leadership at every level, Jeffrey Pastva has elevated the voice of today’s young architects.
Jessica Sheridan, AIA
A combination of inquisitiveness and energy has marked the career of Jessica Sheridan.
Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA
With a keen interest in serving the less served, Chris-Annmarie Spencer brings the spirit of resourcefulness she experienced growing up in Jamaica to her practice.
Lora Teagarden, AIA
Approaching life and practice with a can-do attitude, Lora Teagarden is a dynamo.
Luis Vélez-Alvarez, AIA
A dynamic designer with a wealth of built and conceptual projects in his portfolio, Luis Vélez-Alvarez has brought a new level of discourse to the profession.