Chapter Award – AIA Golden Empire
The jury recognized AIA Golden Empire not only for the emerging professional programs offered through this chapter, but for their presence in the formative years of the education system. AIA Golden Empire has proved the small can indeed be mighty. The outreach that is done solely through volunteer efforts is a lesson to all that money is not the only factor when it comes to creating and promoting a successful event. Their dedication to those early in their career is impressive, and the involvement in kindergarten through high school public education should be emulated by all chapters, regardless of size. AIA Golden Empire is an example of how other chapters can spark interest within their community, as well as ignite the fires within the minds of potential future architects.
Chapter Award – AIA Orange County
The jury appreciated the many programs and events AIA Orange County has created and hosted to bolster, enlighten and inspire those within the emerging professional community. The opportunities this chapter provides, from matching IDP Mentors up with mentees, to social events where many can gather and network among their peers as well as more seasoned firm practitioners are impressive. The calendar of events for the Orange County Emerging Professional is filled with interesting and engaging experiences and its seems as though the entire membership is supportive and willing to assist in bolstering those new to the architecture profession.
Firm Mentorship Award – REM Architects
The jury commended REM Architects for providing a culture of support through their personal approach to the Emerging Professional, and for always taking them into consideration by participating in all local Emerging Professional events. Their mentorship to the many students attempting to navigate the process of an education in architecture is steadfast. The firm has exemplified the many voices and different shapes an architect can embody and proves that there is more than one perspective when it comes to the architecture profession. What REM Architects is able to accomplish for a small practice should be emulated by all firms no matter the size or population.
Educator Award – Christopher Ennis, Assoc. AIA
The jury admired Christopher Ennis, Assoc. AIA’s determination and support of assuring young architects successfully navigate the architecture education process. His dedication and passion shines through the students who are inspired to further their career in architecture. While very little has been done at the community college level, the number of students Chris Ennis, Assoc. AIA has been able to reach within his location is encouraging. The profession considers itself honored to have him among those paving the paths for those up and coming architectural talents.
Young Architect Award – Melanie Freeland, AIA
The jury agreed Melanie Freeland, AIA’s portfolio is broad and impressive and her list of accomplishments seems to grow exponentially. Her active participation within her local chapter, AIA Los Angeles, is recognized and appreciated. From her involvement as the committee co-chair for “Women in Architecture AIA|LA” (WiA AIA|LA) assisted in getting an important event off the ground. The jury unanimously voted Melanie Freeland, AIA as the 2017 Young Architect because of the initiative she takes to ensure important issues are examined through public outreach, and the AIACC looks forward to how she continues to utilize her spirit and her dedication.
Associate Award – Megan Dougherty, AIA
The jury applauded the scope and breadth of Megan Dougherty, AIA’s involvement within the AIA on all three tiers – locally, state-wide and nationally. Her commitment to the associates has been evidenced by all those who have been represented by her on any of the three levels. Her passion and dedication for the profession has inspired others to reach farther than they thought possible. Megan Dougherty, AIA has fearlessly represented not only the AIA, but those new to the world of architecture.
Student Leader Award – Liam Hanlon, AIAS
The jury recognized Liam Hanlon, AIAS’s impressive portfolio and how it already shows a level of dedication to this profession. The trajectory of his focus on what others so early in their career may not choose to focus on is inspiring – from editing chapter bylaws and representation at the state level. It is clear he is as dedicated to his education as he is to the profession of architecture and those within this community look forward to watching him as he grows and accomplishes great feats.