2019 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.
Mike Anglin, AIA, is committed to a philosophy of design directly informed by site and program, and intertwined with his belief that architecture has the power to improve lives and reduce humanity’s impact on the environment. His contributions to the profession, the AIA, and his community demonstrate his selflessness and dedication to improving the broader practice of architecture.
In 2002, while a student at the University of Arizona, Anglin joined Tucson’s Line and Space as a student intern. Nearly 20 years later he remains with the firm, his dedication and talent rewarded with a promotion to principal/owner in 2012. Just 30 years old at the time, Anglin became the youngest person in the firm’s history to achieve partnership.
Anglin was the lead design architect for Tucson’s $22 million Pima Animal Care Center, an important bond-funded project that opened last year. Authorized by voters in 2014, the new center provides modern animal care practices for the tens of thousands of animals brought to the facility every year. Working closely with the center’s staff and 800 volunteers, Anglin enabled the firm to formulate an architectural solution that addressed the needs of both the staff and the community.
Anglin has been an ambassador for Line and Space’s work in China, where he has worked on significant projects for some of the country’s leading developers. He has also played a critical role in winning countless accolades for the firm, including design awards at home and abroad, and a COTE Top Ten Award for the Cesar Chavez Library, for which he was a design team member. From a pool of 300 applicants, Anglin was selected as one of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 in 2015 and received the AIA10 Award from AIA Arizona in 2016.
Committed both to architecture and Tucson as a whole, Anglin has been faculty advisor for the University of Arizona’s AIAS Freedom by Design chapter, which applies the talents of architecture students to improve the lives of those living in the city through modest by ingenious design solutions. In addition to serving on numerous design review juries and as a guest lecturer, he teaches a fourth-year design studio and the architecture program’s construction documents class.
As a director for AIA Southern Arizona, Anglin focuses on developing programs that support his fellow emerging professionals. He led the chapter’s rebranding of the Young Architects Forum, emphasizing the need for public engagement. Anglin was among the 60 participants selected nationally to attend the 2017 AIA Practice Innovation Lab in Washington, D.C., and as a member of the JAMB Collective won the event’s five-minute pitch competition. The JAMB collective has continued to refine its mission and received the 2018 Architecture Business Plan award and grant from Charrette Venture Group.
Equipped with all of the tools an architect needs to excel, Anglin’s contributions to the built environment have elevated it immeasurably. His eagerness to share his knowledge and insight with his peers both advances the profession and helps them shape their own professional practice.