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2016 Em e rging Profe ssional David Manie t, AIA Robe rt Bl atch ford Arch ite cts

Practicing at a small office, David’ s role is as broad as it is deep. Early in his career, he has been entrusted to make tough calls, mediate project challenges, and inspire his team. These intrinsic qualities, paired with his exceptional technical proficiency has revitalized buildings like The Marjorie Building, which garnered the Lakewood Historic Preservation Award in 2015. As a member of BOCONEO he has become the firm’ s in house code expert by gaining that organizations great educational opportunities that are code focused. He has generously volunteered his time to AIA Cleveland committees, and since earning this award, David has served as AIA Cleveland’ s Associate

2016 Activism Aw ard W ayne Morte nse n, AIA Cl e ve l and Ne igh borh ood Progre ss

Wayne is an extraordinary ext citizen-architect whose capacity to envision, direct and mobilize community development is far beyond his years. Standing at the perfect intersection of architecture, urban design and social work, he has devoted his career to harnessing the power of the built environment to address societal challenges such as homelessness, income stratification, and sprawl. At Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, he has become an invaluable liaison that aids Pr groups to evaluate projects and assess buildings, but more than that, he empowers them to plan for their future. The best example of his acumen would be the $63 million transformation of Saint Luke’ s Hospital, where his leadership made the impossible, possible. While classified as a "young architect", it seems he has put in two lifetimes worth of service to the national boards of the AIA, AIAS, and NAAB. se

2015 Em e rging Profe ssionalAw ard Matt Lindsay , Assoc. AIA Robe rt Masch k e Arch ite cts

Matt Lindsay is a young practitioner who has transformed a local firm into a nationally recognized design practice. He steered the evolution and transition of Robert Maschke Architects into new territory: from an analog office to digitized studios and fabrication labs to explore architecture in the 21st century. The use of these advanced tools have allowed RMA to study and produce architecture that has provided exposure to a growing and archit aware client base and has attracted a passionate and dedicated work force. Matt leads and manages projects and clients with a deep knowledge beyond his years, and continues to produce award winning designs.

Activism Aw ard Ch ristop h e r Maure r, AIA re dh ouse studio

Christopher is an architect archit who has repaired and rebuilt much of the developing world. He served as director of studioMDA in Malawi and MASS Design Group in Rwanda, managing humanitarian projects in Africa for such philanthropists as Madonna, Jeff Gordon, and Bill Clinton. Here in Cleveland, as an adjunct professor at Kent State’ s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and through his practice, redhouse studio, the same mission mi to foster and rebuild communities reverberates in his work. At Kent State, Christopher has harnessed the enthusiasm of his students to work as humanitarians to do public interest work here in Northeast Ohio. He led this design/build studio to address an abandoned home on E 67th to find a second life, revive a neighborhood, and inspire other imaginative people to do similar work.

Utako is an energetic and unflagging advocate adv our profession by making architecture accessible and relevant to the public while both educating and learning from the broader community. She sparked the annual outdoor event, Speakers on the Square, which attracts a diverse panel of young professionals each year beyond the immediate discipline of architecture, and has since become the signature event organized by the Associate Committee. A strong contributor organiz to the architectural pedagogy, Utako previously organized and participated in lectures and workshops in Toronto and Tokyo, including "Why People Build Tall Buildings", "Wasted Spaces in the City", "Masterplanning and the City" at Massey College in Toronto and "The City of Toronto Waterfront Design" at the Tokyo Urban Research Institute in Tokyo. She is the recipient of the Progressive Pr Architecture Citation Award (2012) and ASLA Collaborative Practice Award (2012).

2013 Em e rging Profe ssional Jil lCh ristoff, Assoc. AIA Bial osk yCl e ve l and

Jill is distinctly multi-disciplinary, multi-disciplina and sees this as a point of pride. As an emerging practitioner, she leads by example by shattering the myth of a single specialty, successfully melding interior design and architecture into her professional identity. She is a contributor to the book Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture and Urbanism of India, which analyzes the built forms as classical objects as well as explores their role in the evolving Indian metropolis. Her exceptional hand-drawing (often thought to be a skill metro lost in her generation) was on exhibit at the AIA Architects Draw Exhibit at the at Cleveland’ s Convivium33. As an enthusiastic Adjunct Professor, and an engaging Practitioner, Jill successfully devotes considerate time to both her students at KSU and her mentees at Bialosky.

Michele is a young change-maker whose volunteerism volunt and advocacy has uplifted her community and her peers. By practicing architecture with empathy and compassion, she has served many communities and nonprofits in her short time in this profession. In Charlotte, she led construction crews for Habitat for Humanity, and served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Americorp. Having clocked well over 4,000 hours of service, she continues to cl volunteer and serve the Cleveland Young Professional Senate, NOMA, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as an ACE Mentor. She has presented on equity in architecture, putting into focus the impacts of both race and gender on the profession.

2015 Le ade rsh ip Aw ard Be n Gingrich , AIA HSB Arch ite cts

Ben has the DNA of both the Activism Award and Emerging Professional Award, and hence the jury has chosen to recognize him with The Leadership Award. As one of the youngest Principals in Cleveland, he has earned respect and trust within HSB Architects as a hands-on leader and an accessible role model. Also specializing in LEED project management; he focuses his efforts on efficiency and team collaboration for a streamlined, effective process. For AIA colla Cleveland, he created the extraordinarily popular MAKERS Series, an engaging collection of tours of local craftsman workshops and studios that sparked a profound dialog, connecting architects, interior designers, skilled artisans, and the public. He is an exemplary example of a young architect who has truly bridged the gap between passion and practice.

2014 Activism Aw ard Utak o Tane be , Assoc. AIA DLR Group + W e stl ak e Re e d Le sk osk y

As Director Dir of Design at Bialosky Cleveland, David oversees the creative process and design quality for the firm’ s projects. In ten years of tenure, he earned the first Intern-to-Principal promotion in the firm’ s history. He has become instrumental in strategic planning and succession planning at Bialosky, and has presented on those topics in addition to urban design and placemaking. As an Adjunct Professor for his alma mater, Kent State University's College Pro of Architecture and Environmental Design, David drives students to think beyond strengthening their design, but strengthening their design philosophy. In 2014, named to ENR Midwest’ s Top 20 Under 40, which recognizes 20 young design and construction professionals per region, under the age of 40, who have made significant contributions to their firms, professions and communities.

Activism Aw ard Mich e l e Craw ford, Assoc. AIA Robe rt P. Madison Inte rnational


2014 Em e rging Profe ssionalAw ard David W . Craun, AIA Bial osk yCl e ve l and


2013 Activism Aw ard Adam Yaracs, AIA Pe rsp e ctus Arch ite cture (at th e tim e ofth e aw ard: Rich ard Fl e isch m an + Partne rs Arch ite cts)

Adam has been an inspiring champion and volunteer of AIA Cleveland Executive Board. He has served as the Urban Design Committee Chair, Director of Camaraderie, and Director of Development. As Co-Chair of the AIA Cleveland Design Awards, he has elevated the event to unparalleled heights, causing chapters nationwide to take notice. His leadership and service to the chapter earned him the President’ President s Citation in 2011. Since earning the Activism Award, Adam served as the President of AIA Cleveland (2017) and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Kent State University’ s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

2013 Activism Aw ard Te d Fe rringe r, Assoc. AIA Bial osk yCl e ve l and

Th Theodore pledge to enrich Cleveland has empowered the young designer to advocate, educate, and excite its residents, architects and stakeholders about their city. For years, Theodore’ s devotion to engaging the public with motivating lectures, installations, and events centered on re-imagining Cleveland has captured the collective imagination, (including PARK(ing) Day, and All You Can Eat –A Buffet of Architectural Ideas for Cleveland). With a natural harmony of advocacy and practice, Theodore leads Bialosky in their regional r pro bono work, including The Midway. He has served on the Advocacy Board of Bike Cleveland, advocating for a safe and vibrant cycling culture in Cleveland. He has served in AIA leadership positions at the local, state, region, and since earning this award, Theodore served as the 2016 Chair of The National Associates Committee.

2013 Activism Aw ard Mik e Ch ristoff, AIA vocon.

Michael has spent s over a decade dedicated to developing projects that make a difference and have impact. His diverse experience working on a variety of master planning, mixed-used, residential, corporate office, industrial and sustainable projects affords him a deep appreciation of the urban environment and how people interact with and enjoy space. When not in his office at architecture and design firm Vocon, Michael is immersed in a variety of initiatives and advisory boards focused around the arts, culture and education. He co-founded PechaKucha Night Cleveland, the Cleveland Design Competition and cocurrently serves on the board of CMSD’ s Campus International School and SPACES (art gallery). In 2010, Mike earned the AIA Ohio Public Service Award. Since earning the Activism Award, he was selected for Crain’ s Cleveland Business 40 Under 40 and the Cleveland Leadership Center’ s Bridge Builders class of 2014.

2017 AIA Cleveland Service Award Winners  
2017 AIA Cleveland Service Award Winners