2020 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.

An inspiring and passionate leader, Brynnemarie Lanciotti, AIA, reinforces her ideas with swift but thoughtful action. An eager and deft collaborator, she has brought new levels of strategic thinking and innovative programming to all levels of AIA.

Lanciotti, a graduate of Rhode Island’s Roger Williams University and a recipient of its Alpha Rho Chi medal, is a project architect and manager at Stantec Architecture’s New York office. She oversees a variety of project types that vary in scale and complexity, including a number of New York City School Construction Authority projects. She led a full programmatic accessibility upgrade at IS93Q, a five-story historic school in Ridgewood, Queens, that presented numerous challenges in the form of two additions since its original construction in the early 1900s. She delivered a 4,000-square-foot addition with an elevator, new classrooms, a nurse’s suite, and extensive accessible modifications throughout.

After joining AIA as an associate member in 2009, Lanciotti discovered the Emerging New York Architects Committee. Her natural leadership skills proved invaluable to the committee, and she helped develop its biennial international design ideas competition, which has encouraged deepened social connections with the community. She co-chaired the committee in 2011, encouraging the pursuit of licensure among the city’s emerging professionals while developing the Future Now Summit. Designed to gather emerging and established professionals to explore the future of the profession together, the summit was bolstered by a Component Leadership Assistance Grant that funded The Future Now, a document shared with chapters across the country.

The success of her initiatives, including the founding of AIA New York’s Civic Leadership Program and the TORCH Mentorship Program, led to Lanciotti’s appointment as the New York regional representative to the national AIA Strategic Council. In her first year on the council, she was a convener for the Targeted Public Awareness Work Group and, due to her commitment to the topic, was invited to serve on its Public Outreach Board Committee and Communications Subcommittee. This year, Lancioitti became the first woman to serve as the council’s vice-moderator.

Beyond her professional work and AIA leadership, Lanciotti is a frequent guest critic at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She regularly hosts portfolio reviews, calling upon her colleagues and peers to review students’ work as they prepare for the next phase of their education and careers.

With her energy and ability to nurture tomorrow’s leaders, it is clear that Lanciotti understands the key to maintaining a vibrant and relevant profession. AIA and the built environment will undoubtedly benefit from her continued contributions and willingness to solve difficult issues.


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

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

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

Roger Schluntz, FAIA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Frances Halsband, FAIA, Klimet Halsband Architects, New York, New York

Lora Teagarden, AIA, RATIO Architects, Inc.,  Indianapolis, Indiana

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