The American Institute of Architects (AIA) named seven winners in this annual awards program, which is awarded to associate members "who best exemplify the highest qualities of leadership and have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their component or region's membership, in the community, in professional organizations, and/or in the design and construction industries."
R. Denise Everson, Assoc. AIA
Everson is a consultant with Connecticut Green Bank, a Rocky Hill, Conn.–based entity that provides loans to homeowners, businesses, and municipalities to fund energy-efficiency building improvements. Previously, she was the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s sustainability liaison. In 2014, the website Next City named her one of 40 leaders under 40 influencing urban innovation.
Beau Frail, Assoc. AIA
Frail is a project designer with Austin, Texas–based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and has served as a teaching assistant and guest design critic at the University of Texas. A member of AIA Austin’s DesignVoice committee, he has made significant contributions to its high school internship program.
Anna Jones, Assoc. AIA
Jones works at Substance Architecture in Des Moines, Iowa, and is the associate editor of IA Architect magazine. She has served as chair of Iowa Women in Architecture. As the regional associate director for the Central States Emerging Professionals Committee, she spurred AIA involvement among young designers.
Joseph Mayo, Assoc. AIA
At Mahlum Architects in Seattle, Mayo excels in light-wood frame construction. Timbercity, his exhibiton at AIA Seattle, featured wood-fabrication techniques that he studied in Canada and Europe. Mayo worked with Seattle officials to adopt tall cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures in the city’s building code, which will enable the construction of the first multistory CLT building in the country.
Jared Edgar McKnight, Assoc. AIA
At Wallace Roberts & Todd in Philadelphia, McKnight has worked on the adaptive reuse of the Hoover-Mason Trestle in Bethlehem, Pa., a railway converted into a pedestrian walkway. He is the associate director on AIA Philadelphia’s board of directors and has occupied key roles in the AIA Philadelphia Design and AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professionals Committees.
Ross Miller, Assoc. AIA
Miller joined HDR Architecture in Omaha in 2010 and has contributed to such projects as AIA Nebraska’s new offices and a cancer center. The associate director for AIA Omaha, Miller helped push for Rep. John Ashford (D-Neb.) to co-sponsor the National Design Services Act, which aims to help alleviate the debt burden of architecture school graduates.
Mary Anne Ocampo, Assoc. AIA
An urban designer and principal at Sasaki Associates in Cambridge, Mass., Ocampo has worked on an impressive range of projects, including a master plan for a research and development district in Malaysia and a post-typhoon day care shelter in the Philippines. She is a lecturer in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning.
The jury for the 2016 AIA Associates Award included: jury chair Drew White, FAIA, a founding partner of Indianapolis-based Axis Architecture + Interiors; Rick Bell, FAIA, the executive director of New York City's Department of Design and Construction; Sarah Dirsa, AIA, a project architect and project manager at Mt. Kisco, N.Y.–based KG&D Architects; Daniel Feil, FAIA, the executive architect on the Washington, D.C.–based Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission; and Jennifer Penner, Assoc. AIA, a project manager at the Albuquerque office of Studio Southwest Architects.