2018 Young Architects Award Recipient
Emerging talent deserves recognition. The AIA Young Architects Award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.
By engaging and energizing AIA members, Korey White, AIA, has proven that advocacy and collaboration are the keys to creating a significantly better built environment. A fearless leader, she has worked tirelessly to elevate the profession and demonstrate its importance to the public. White’s quest for greater diversity has helped enhance design appreciation.
An assistant project manager at Stantec's Denver office, White is a strong advocate for good design and a more equitable profession. When Denver Water, a champion for conservation efforts and a pioneer in large-scale water treatment, sought to modernize its 36-acre campus, White was one of RNL’s core team members for a new master plan. The team set some of the most progressive sustainability goals of any public water utility, including options to pursue LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy, and WELL Building Standard certification. White initiated the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and is currently working with Stantec’s offices nationwide to launch a Women at Stantec chapter in the Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia region.
White’s advocacy efforts have propelled her to involvement with the AIA at all levels. Nationally, she was last year’s National Associates Committee chair, having previously served as vice chair and regional associate director. With a focus on emerging professionals—as reflected in her founding of the AIA’s EP ArchiPAC Fundraising Committee and the National Design Services Act Coalition (NDSA)—she has helped catalyze a significant uptick in participation among her peers. The coalition bolstered efforts to support the NDSA, which seeks to relieve the student loan debt plaguing recent architecture graduates. By rewriting the bill’s language, White shaped it to be more inclusive of additional architecture degrees and worked with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Col.), to reintroduce the bill to Congress.
In Colorado, White has promoted the value of design through a number of charrettes and as a mentor of high school students. As a member of the AIA Colorado Board of Directors, she led a task force to design train stations in three mountain communities in order to broaden access to transportation and potential high-speed rail. Hoping to strengthen the pipeline of future design professionals, White is an active mentor in Colorado schools, Denver’s ACE Mentor Program, and the Takoma Education Campus in Washington, D.C. Her goal is to empower students to be more involved in their communities and educate them on good design’s power to solve major issues.
Filled with boundless creativity, White’s hard work continues to benefit every member of the profession. Her commitment to architecture and her community have forged a legacy of leadership that will provide countless benefits for her fellow young architects well into the future.