The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced the recipients of its annual Young Architects Award, which recognizes practitioners—licensed 10 years or less—who have shown exceptional leadership and contributed to the profession early in their careers. 

The nine 2010 Young Architects Award winners are:

David Burt, AIA, LEED AP—Licensed in 2004, Burt was named the youngest principal at LS3P in 2008. He served the AIA Charleston chapter as its vice president in 2005 and its president in 2006 and was elected in 2006 to a three-year term with the AIA South Carolina Board of Directors.

Kevin deFreitas, AIA—As the head of his own firm, Kevin deFreitas Architects, deFreitas frequently contributes his services to church and youth organizations, and he serves as a board member for several nonprofit and community planning groups.

David Grissino, AIA—Currently a senior urban designer with Boston-based Goody Clancy, Grissino has focused on urban design throughout his career. As a Masters candidate, he traveled through western and central Europe studying public spaces, and after graduating he joined the Boston Society of Architects and served on its Urban Design Committee.

Christopher Kelley, AIA—Now a project architect, assistant studio director, and technical director at Gensler in Washington, D.C., Kelley has consistently used his AIA membership to speak on behalf of interns, associate members, and young architects and to advance and increase professional resources for them. He has served the AIA in several capacities, both nationally and at the chapter level.

Brian Malarkey, AIA—Malarkey practiced as a designer at the Houston office of Kirksey until founding the firm's sustainability consultancy, Kirksey Eco-Services Group. His green work also includes co-founding the Greater Houston Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (2001), serving as a board member of the Citizens Environmental Coalition, serving as chairman of the AIA Houston Committee on the Environment (2003), and organizing the 2003 Gulf Coast Green. In 2007, he served as AIA Houston's president.

Gregory Minott, AIA—Minott, who began his architecture career in his native Jamaica and continues to consult there, currently works as a project architect for Boston's Elkus Manfredi Architects. In addition to his professional contributions, Minott mentors inner-city youth, conducts design studios, promotes careers in design, and serves as a role model for aspiring designers.

Anthony Piermarini, AIA—A founding principal of Studio Luz Architects in Boston, Piermarini works closely with committee-based client groups, local municipalities, and various institutions to accomplish project goals, always with an eye to social responsibility. To foster understanding of architecture, he frequently speaks with local municipalities, professional organizations, and at conferences. He also has taught at several universities, and currently serves as a critic and instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Kristine Royal, AIA—A project architect at Newport Collaborative Architects, Newport, R.I., Royal has dedicated much of her professional efforts to advocating for emerging and young practitioners. She has worked with the Young Architects' Forum Advisory Committee since 2005, has served on several other committees focused on professional development, and developed numerous workshops and programs.

Tricia Stuth, AIA—A co-founder and partner of the architecture firm CURB, Stuth currently is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design and has taught and guest lectured at several other universities. Her contributions to the discussion of contemporary housing issues have been presented at national and international conferences and also have been published nationally and internationally.

The Young Architects Award recipients will be honored during the AIA's 2010 National Convention and Design Exposition, June 10 – 12, in Miami.