The AIA has announced the two recipients for the 2015 Associates Award. The award is the highest honor given to individual associate AIA members who display superb leadership skills and have demonstrated their commitment to their component or region's membership, in the community, in professional organizations, or in the design and construction industries. The AIA Associates Award winners are as follows:

Stephen Francis Gray, Assoc. AIA

Gray is a Boston-based senior associate at Sasaki Associates and an associate director on the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Board of Directors, where he chaired a committee to advance an emerging district on the city’s waterfront. Currently a lecturer in urban design at MIT, Gray previously taught urbanism at Northeastern University and served as a visiting design critic at several Boston-area architecture and planning schools and on the Urban Land Institute’s advisory panels.

Mary E. Hale, Assoc. AIA

Hale, a Boston-based designer at Shepley Bulfinch, is also a faculty member at the Boston Architectural College. She is also a member of the BSA and a past chair of the organization’s Common Boston committee, which organizes New England’s largest free architecture and design festival. Last year, Hale worked with local architects to organize a public panel discussion about Boston’s waterfront.

The jury for the 2015 Associates Awards comprised: Donald King, FAIA, (chair) of DKA Architecture in Seattle; Hiroshi Jacobs, Assoc. AIA, of Studios Architecture in Washington, D.C.; Michael Pyatok, FAIA, of Pyatok Architects in Oakland, Calif.; David Trevino, AIA, of the City of Dallas; and Karen E. Williams, AIA, of PIVOT Architecture in Eugene, Ore.