Announcing the 2020 AIA National Honorees

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 AIA National Honorees! We will celebrate their achievements at the 2020 President’s Dinner hosted by AIA Seattle in early June.

2020 Young Architects Award

JoAnn Hindmarsh Wilcox AIAJoAnn Hindmarsh Wilcox AIA is a licensed Architect in Oregon and Washington, where she practices as a Principal, Design Lead and Public Engagement Strategist for Mahlum. In her tenure at the firm, she has made a significant contribution in establishing Mahlum as a nationally recognized design firm. JoAnn designs consciously and is motivated by action and impact. An emerging national leader in design for learning, JoAnn’s built work explores architecture’s connection to regenerative social and ecological outcomes, and its power to uplift the next generation. Her work highlights a balance between persistent curiosity and a quiet sensitivity to place, craft and the human experience through design within the public realm. Operating in an area that is regularly constrained by budget and entrenched conventions, she is able to sensitively listen and provide innovative solutions that influence K-12 design nationally. Her advocacy has brought social justice to the foreground in the conversation on school design, and her public work for communities-in-need models the social impact architecture can have. She is noted for creating buildings as deeply impactful as beautiful and has been recognized with more than 80 awards for design excellence from the local to the international level, including a 2019 National AIA Honor Award for Arlington Elementary. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, JoAnn was also the recipient of an AIA Henry Adams Medal and in 2018 received AIA Seattle’s Young Architect Award. In addition, JoAnn volunteers, juries, mentors, publishes and lectures widely; engaging civic issues that speak to the transformational power of design.

2020 Associates Award

Stacey Crumbaker Assoc AIAStacey Crumbaker Assoc. AIA is an associate principal at Mahlum, where she is focused on work that serves the greater public rather than individuals. With accredited degrees in both architecture and interior design, Stacey balances her work across two intertwined disciplines and advocates for the development of stronger bonds between practitioners. By cultivating a practice that responds to the human experience, she proves that architecture has a unique ability to foster community. She has led multiple designs for the region’s public schools, and her work often ties together the poetics of design with the tectonics of construction. Her work was informed by the receipt of the Sean Murphy Travel Fellowship, which sent her to Antarctica to research how such an extreme environment can shape livable spaces. She carried the lessons learned there back to Seattle, where she breathes new life into mundane spaces to inspire and enrich the communities she serves. Stacey’s path to leadership began with important roles for the Northern Pacific Chapter of the International Interior Design Association, where she fostered the organization’s advocacy programs to advance design excellence, legislation, and community outreach. With her unique perspective on practice, Stacey has also served on AIA’s Interior Architecture Advisory Group since 2017, and she has been instrumental in shaping the knowledge community’s long-term vision. Stacey has pushed designers across all disciplines to test the boundaries of design. As past-president of the board of Design in Public, she has prompted community dialogue focused on the impact of design in urban life. She has successfully gathered architects, interior designers, planners, and artists to participate in a wide range of programming at the annual festival.

2020 Honorary Membership

Lisa Richmond Hon. AIALisa Richmond, Hon. AIA and Executive Director of AIA Seattle has channeled her belief in the power of design to engage the public in critical issues of sustainability, livability, and resilience. Always providing maximum organizational impact, her actions and innovation have helped architects lead positive change in our communities. Lisa has worked to develop a culture of advocacy at AIA Seattle, recognizing that solving the profession’s pressing issues can only happen through policy and regulatory change. She has developed systems, such as the chapter’s public policy board, to both engage and deploy its members to great effect. AIA Seattle is one of the few local chapters to host a full-time position focused on advocacy, and the infrastructure Lisa has developed has become a model for components across the country. To directly foster carbon reduction in the built environment, Lisa led the chapter in its support of a state carbon tax. She was also a partner in the formation of Shift Zero, a cohort of 20 organizations from around Puget Sound striving toward zero carbon buildings. Her propensity for strategic thinking led to an appointment to the AIA Strategic Planning Task Force where she has championed a focus on organizational impact and accountability. Previously, Lisa served on the AIA Advocacy Capacity Building Task Force, where she worked with colleagues to unite a fractured group and create recommendations that were unanimously adopted by AIA’s board of directors. The list of Lisa’s accomplishments is lengthy and includes a Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a place on the Seattle mayor’s Green Building Task Force, and service as a climate reality mentor for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. A born leader, her outlook on advocacy has become a national model that has greatly benefited AIA.

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