2017 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.

Approaching life and practice with a can-do attitude, Lora Teagarden, AIA, is a dynamo. Juggling a number of interests within the discipline of architecture, she is a licensed architect, volunteer, author, and advocate.

A project architect at Indianapolis’ RATIO Architects, Teagarden is active in new construction and renovation projects, and operates with the understanding that the work she completes will influence young minds by shaping the places they learn, live, and play. She has also put her formidable public relations and social media skills to good use and recently assumed a new marketing leadership position in the firm.

For projects such as the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, her work marries design acumen with technical knowledge to create a learning space for tomorrow’s leaders. For the project, she led the design of the atrium and interior offices of the school’s new tech-forward $35 million building.

An active an energetic member of AIA Indiana and AIA Indianapolis, Teagarden has assumed a number of critical leadership roles since joining the Chapter in 2012. She’s been the state Chapter’s public relations chair and co-chair of the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Indianapolis Committee.

In her role as YAF Indianapolis co-chair, Teagarden has convened monthly panels of industry professionals to cover topics such as firm culture and alternative practice. In 2015 she led the effort to restore a ceremony honoring newly licensed architects, which has since become an annual event attended by the state licensing board’s chair.

Her talent for speaking eloquently about architecture has been recognized nationally. Teagarden was chosen by AIA National to represent the YAF National Advisory Committee as its public relations director and to harness her peerless social media skills to write about the AIA #ilookup campaign. She’s led the AIA’s efforts to connect members through social media, and her talents as a blogger and prolific Twitter and Instagram user have been invaluable to AIA Indiana and Executive Director Jason Shelley.

Outside of the AIA, Teagarden is active in online efforts to connect architects, such as the ArchiTalks blogging program and the Architects’ Traveling Library. Eager to share her knowledge and expertise with her peers, Teagarden has distributed sketches and created a newsletter with study insights to help emerging professionals pass the ARE. Those efforts were recently complied into the first in a series of six books titled ARE Sketches: A Visual Study Guide to the Architect Registration Exams.

To further her mission—to lift up and encourage her peers while speaking candidly about the role of architects—Teagarden is always ready to go the extra mile. Her dedication to other young architects is heartfelt, her leadership abilities immeasurable.


John Sorrenti, FAIA, (Chair), JRS Architect, PC, Mineola, New York

Josh Flowers, AIA, Hnedak Bobo Group, Memphis, Tennessee

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

Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, LML Consulting, Washington, DC

Raymond 'Skipper' Post, FAIA, Post Architects, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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

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Lora Teagarden, AIA

Lora Teagarden, AIA


RATIO Architects


RATIO Architects