The AIACC AEP awards are intended to recognize those individuals and organizations that have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to Emerging Professionals, the AIA, and the architectural profession.
Please see below this year’s award recipients.
Firm Mentorship Award – Darden Architects, Inc.
This award is given to an AIA firm that has made an extraordinary effort to mentor Emerging Professionals in their firm through the implementation of specific programs. Darden Architects, Inc., was founded in 1959 by Edwin S. Darden, Sr., FAIA, who earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University. The principals and associates at Darden Architects bring a wealth of experience to the firm. They recognize it is their role to support the profession and good-works in their community.
Chapter Award – AIA San Joaquin
This award is given to an AIA chapter for the development of superb programming and fostering the highest qualities of leadership within the emerging professional membership. The San Joaquin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was formed in 1949, to represent the growing number of Architects within Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare Counties.
Associates Award – Julie Jaurique-Chipps, Associate AIA
This award is given to an Associate AIA member who best exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership and has demonstrated unparalleled commitment to his/her chapter or region’s membership, in the community, in professional organizations, and/or in the design and construction industries.
Young Architect Award – Kevin deFreitas, AIA
This award is given to a young architect who has shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of his/her architectural career. Kevin deFreitas, a native of San Diego, ebegan his collegiate studies at the University of San Diego, and earned his Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Arizona. Kevin has a deep sense of civic commitment and responsibility and has served as a board member on several non-profits and community planning gropus. He believes that architecture and design is more than a career.
For those of you who submitted but were not chosen, the AIACC AEP thanks you and would like to encourage you to apply again next year.