AIA 2017 Young Architect Award

Last month, Luis Vélez-Alvarez was selected along with thirteen others as a recipient of the 2017 American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Young Architect Award, which “honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.” Vélez-Alvarez, a native of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is likely the first Puerto Rican-born winner of the award, although the AIA only keeps track of residence, not nationality of past winners. He had previously been recognized by the Washington D.C. chapter of the AIA with an “Emerging Architect” award in 2016.

“My first reaction was to feel validated, that the choices that I've made in my career can lead to a successful path and that it is equally as important to work hard in your profession as it is to give back to the community through volunteering and education,” he responded via email.

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