12 Architects Selected to Receive the 2016 American Institute of Architects' Young Architects Award

Washington, D.C. – February 25, 2016 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 12 recipients for the 2016 AIA Young Architects Award.  Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age.  This award, now in its 23rd year, honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.  The Young Architects Award recipients will be honored at the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.

Seth E. Anderson, AIA

Anderson graduated magna cum laude from Washington State University in 2002 and became licensed in 2007. By age 32 he had earned the title of senior associate. Anderson opened Ascent Architecture & Interiors in 2012 with the desire to provide clients with a personalized approach to architecture. In 2014, Anderson formally outlined Ascent’s business plan, finishing third place of 51 entries in the Charrette Venture Group’s Architectural Business Plan competition. Anderson believes in supporting emerging professionals, the architecture profession, and the Central Oregon community where the firm is located.

Mindy Aust, AIA 

Armed with a passion for public architecture, coupled with a commitment to mentorship and community involvement, Aust has devoted her career to thoughtful design of public spaces, including multiple award-winning federal government, public library, and university campus projects. Aust, who received a BArch from Iowa State is currently an associate with Des Moines based Substance Architecture and is the current President of AIA Iowa, the third woman to lead the chapter in its 110-year history. A strong advocate for excellent design and its benefit to communities, Aust uses her expertise to advance the profession in multiple contexts.

Erin Carraher, AIA

Carraher, an assistant professor at the University of Utah's School of Architecture, works to empower students to make a positive impact beginning on the first day of school through an integrated approach to scholarship, creative work, teaching, and service. She graduated with a BArch from Virginia Tech and a MArch from Yale and practiced with BKSK Architects in New York City before moving into teaching full-time. Carraher concentrates on developing projects that engage students with practitioners, researchers, and community organizations in the development of built work. She is active with the AIA, NAAB, and NCARB through a variety of service and committee work at the local, state, and national levels.

Bob Ganser, AIA

Ganser is an award winning designer, educator and a mentor. He is an advocate for the value of quality design and the architectural profession. Ganser is currently an architect at MSR Design in Minneapolis. In 2005, he co-founded CityDeskStudio Architecture and Design - the small firm he helped to shape over 11 years of practice. He has also worked in the offices of HGA Architects and Engineers and Snow Kreilich Architects. Ganser has been a design studio instructor for the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota since 2006 and is co-chair of the AIA Minnesota Committee on Design.

Amy L. Kalar, AIA

Kalar’s passion, talent, and dedication has a profound influence on her profession and community through a combination of advocacy, education, and innovative practice. She earned a MArch from Montana State University and is a Senior Associate with HGA Architects and Engineers. She practices as a healthcare architect and medical planner, using evidence-based design to bring innovation to healthcare environments. A leader in promoting women’s roles in the AEC industry, Kalar co-founded the AIA-MN Women in Architecture Committee.  Her blog,  ArchiMom.com, is dedicated to parents in architecture.

Yu-Ngok Lo, AIA

Lo graduated from Iowa State University with a BArch in 2004. His work 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.

Karen Lu, AIA

Lu’s commitment to design excellence and to positively impacting future generations of architecture professionals and global citizens is evident in her professional work and service to the AIA and her community.  Lu received a MArch degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and is a Senior Associate at HGA Architects & Engineers.  She previously worked with VJAA and Selldorf Architects.  Currently serving on the AIA Minnesota Leadership Forum Advisory Committee, she is also the Board Chair of Yinghua Academy, a K-8 elementary school and national leader in Chinese immersion education.

Shelby Morris, AIA

Morris earned a MArch from Texas Tech University. Currently he is an Associate Principal at Beck where he has led or been part of over $500 million of design and design/build work.  The AIA has provided Morris the opportunity to pursue one of his personal passions, education, helping initiate the AIA Atlanta Youth Architecture Fair.  Morris has served throughout the AIA as YAF Advisory Committee, the AIA SAR YAF Director, AIA Atlanta Director of Public Awareness, AIA 2015 National Convention Committee, and AIA National Convention Tours Co-Chair.    

Carey Nagle, AIA

Nagle graduated with a BArch from Iowa State University and is an Associate Principal with BNIM in Des Moines. His award-winning high performance design projects have helped to define design excellence as a balance of design and building performance. Nagle is a holistic practitioner with a broad range of notable project experience, professional leadership and community contributions that demonstrate his rare combination of humility, integrity and drive.

Daniel J. Scheaffer, AIA

Scheaffer earned a BArch from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and currently works for LS3P in Charleston, South Carolina, where he brings particular expertise in healthcare design and digital visualization. He believes that the greatest responsibility healthcare architects have, is to create healing environments that enhance and support the care, treatment, and healing process.  His aim is to place human welfare at the heart of the art and science of building design.  Scheaffer recently served as 2013-2015 AIA-SC State Director - Lowcountry, and is deeply committed to professional and community service.

Carissa Shrock, AIA

Shrock, 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.

Stephanie Silkwood, AIA

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.

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