Last week, the 12 recipients of the 2016 AIA Young Architects Award were announced—three of which are from California.
These individuals are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer and have proven to show exceptional leadership as well as contributed significantly to the profession. The jury for the 2016 Young Architects Award includes: Albert W. Rubeling, FAIA, Chair, Rubeling & Associates, Inc.; Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA, LML Consulting; Virginia Marquardt, AIA, DLR Group; Raymond ‘Skipper’ Post, FAIA, Post Architects; John Sorrenti, FAIA, JRS Architect, PC and Edward Vance, FAIA, EV&A Architects, Inc.
Yu-Ngok Lo, AIA (also received the 2015 AIACC Young Architect Award), graduated from Iowa State University with a BArch in 2004. His work thus far has received numerous design awards and has been featured in various media outlets such as ArchDaily, Hinge Magazine and Hospitality-Interiors Magazine. Lo served on the AIA Long Beach-South Bay chapter Board of Directors and is currently serving on the AIA Construction Contractor Administration Knowledge Community Advisory Group, AIA Diversity Council, AIA California Council COTE and the Advocacy Advisory Committee. He is also a Senior Editor for the AIA YAF CONNECTION and the Editor-In-Chief of the NOMA Magazine and AIBD Magazine. When asked about the award, Lo said “It is truly my honor to be selected as one of the recipients of such a prestigious honor. I am excited and looking forward to continue serving the architecture profession in 2016.”
Carissa Shrock, AIA, Senior Associate at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, holds a BArch from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her portfolio is comprised of various complex project types, including American embassies. Shrock’s commitment to a better built environment carries into her passion as a leader and mentor. She is currently serving on the AIA/LA Board of Director and is Chair of the Design Awards Committee. As the IDP Coordinator and NCARB Licensing Advisor, she guides candidates through the extensive licensure process. Extending into the local community, Shrock energetically introduces young students to architecture as a potential career path, and takes great caution and care with the mentorship process.
It was mentors and friends who encouraged Shrock to enter. They helped guide her through the process and as soon as she found out she was a recipient, she immediately let them know by calling to thank them. “I would not be where I am in my career today without their encouragement and support,” she said. “I am so honored to be recognized amongst this incredible group of architects.”
Stephanie Silkwood, AIA, had similar words to say about receiving this award. “It’s inspiring to be recognized with other young architects who are doing good things for the profession and the communities they serve.”
Silkwood is a graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an Associate at RMW architecture & interiors in San Jose, California. She is a leader in raising the bar for the architecture profession through service, advocacy, and by empowering and educating future leaders of the profession. Throughout her early career, Silkwood has continuously focused her energy on elevating and improving the public image of the architecture profession through her involvement with AIA Santa Clara Valley, AIA California Council, AIA National Young Architects Forum, California Architects Board, and NCARB.
Silkwod reported that this award is a milestone of sorts. “This recognition is a milestone for me because it demonstrates that one voice can make a difference. I hope my passion for elevating the profession has encouraged my peers to become better architects, and in turn have a positive influence and greater impact on the built environment.”