The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected eight recipients for the 2009 AIA Young Architects Award, which honors professionals licensed 10 years or less who have shown exceptional leadership and contributed significantly to the profession early in their careers.
Matthew Bremer, AIA: Nominated for his service to the AIA New York Chapter as well as for his design talent, Bremer actively supports the profession and mentors others, according to his nominators. In addition to founding the firm Architecture in Formation in New York City, Bremer also founded and co-chairs the New York Chapter New Practices Committee, sits on the chapter's Oculus Committee, and is a recipient of the chapter's New Practices Award.
Angela Brooks, AIA, LEED AP: Brooks is a principal with Pugh + Scarpa Architects of Santa Monica, Calif., and co-founder of the nonprofit Livable Places. Nominated for her devotion to creating enduring spaces of beauty, Brooks has been involved with projects that have won seven national AIA awards and more than 25 other AIA design awards.
Matthew Kreilich, AIA: The 2003 recipient of the Ralph Rapson Traveling Fellowship, Kreilich of Julie Snow Architects in Minneapolis, has long been recognized for his talent as a holistic and fiscally responsible architect. Kreilich has been noted for his pro bono work for the Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis.
Haril Pandya, AIA: In addition to several pro bono projects with Habitat for Humanity International and other organizations, Pandya, a project manager and designer with CBT Architects of Boston, was a driving force in the creation of the Boston Society of Architects' first Young Professionals Advisory Council. He is known as a team builder at his firm, and has been praised for employing his musical and filmmaking talents in marketing CBT and its clients.
Jinhee Park, AIA: Co-founder of the firm SINGLE Speed DESIGN in Cambridge, Mass., Park was nominated by the Boston Society of Architects for her contributions and skills, which the BSA believes will shape the future of the profession. Her firm was awarded the first Metropolis Next Generation Prize for a project that recycled remnants of Boston's Big Dig into beautiful housing.
Camilo Parra, AIA: Architect/developer Parra, founder of Parra Design Group in Houston, designs and builds both affordable and upscale housing developments, as well as conducting a school of design studio at Prairie View A&M University's School of Architecture and volunteering in the community. He is a member of the Houston Minority Business Council and the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, Parra received the AIA Houston Chapter's Ben Brewer Young Architect Award.
Tania Salgado, AIA, LEED AP: Previously named the 2007 AIA Western Mountain Region Young Architect of the Year and the 2006 Denver AIA Young Architect of the Year, Salgado possesses a refined approach to the architectural process. A design principal with RNL of Denver, Salgado is an active AIA leader at the state and local levels, serving currently as AIA Denver's president-elect.
Michael W. Schellin, AIA: A principal of Minneapolis-based Williams/O'Brien Associates, Schellin was nominated for his leadership qualities, as well as his talent. Schellin's nominators cited his commitment to the profession and his AIA involvement at the local and national levels, which includes serving on AIA Minnesota committees and acting as his region's liaison with the national Young Architects Forum.