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.

A model citizen and architect, Jamie Crawley, AIA, lends his considerable experience to commercial and residential projects while fostering connections in the community through extensive pro bono work. With a long resume of selfless service to the AIA, his colleagues, and emerging professionals, Crawley’s steadfast commitment to the profession has set high standards.  

A native of Montreal, Crawley now resides and practices in Texas as director of architecture at Austin-based HA Architecture. The firm has received a number of accolades regionally, and most recently won a design competition for Austin’s annual Creek Show, the aim of which is to surprise and delight the community while raising awareness of the Waller Creek Conservancy’s environmental renewal efforts. Crawley worked with a local author to develop an original work of fiction to accompany the firm’s architectural light sculpture.

As an educator, Crawley has taught at his alma mater, Texas A&M University, as well as Prairie View A&M University. This fall he was tapped to join the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington, serving as an advisor for the school’s design/build program. As a student at Texas A&M, he was elected president of its AIAS chapter and planted the seed for an architecture career fair. While it was not seen as a viable program at first, the two-day fair recently celebrated its 20th consecutive year.

Crawley has been an active member of the Texas Society of Architects since 1996, when he became a member of its Education and Student Liaison Committee. Since then he has embraced countless roles at the local and national level. He was instrumental in the success of the first-ever AIA Leadership Forum in 2015, recommending speakers and chapter collaborations. As a result, he was asked to be national co-chair of the forum’s 2016 iteration and saw it nearly double in size.

For Crawley, architecture is both a career and an open-ended passionate pursuit. By genuinely engaging his local community, he is often the first architect with whom members of the public interact and thus able to levy his unique problem-solving skillset to leave the community better than he found it. His pro bono services have supported everything from local animal rescues to churches. As a board member of the Austin Soccer Foundation, he works with disadvantaged youths and facilitates scholarships, field refurbishment, and mentoring.

Driven to improve the built environment while nurturing those who surround him, Crawley is a dynamo of service and excellence. A natural leader with an ambassador’s mindset, he exemplifies the highest values of the profession.

Jury

Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA (Chair), LML Consulting, Washington, DC

Raymond "Skipper" Post, FAIA, Post Architects, Baton Rouge

Edward Vance, FAIA, EV&A Architects, Inc., Las Vegas

Peter Kuttner, FAIA, Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts

John Castellana, FAIA, TMP Architecture, Inc., Bloomfield Hill, Michigan

Evelyn Lee, AIA, Savills Studley, Oakland

Image credits

Jamie Crawley, AIA - main image

HA Architecture

Jamie Crawley - motorcycle

Leonid Furmansky

Jamie Crawley - house

Nick Simonite