American Institute of Architects, California Council, Recognizes Dedicated Professionals

Sacramento, Calif.—Not only have the best and the brightest minds been recognized, but those who support architects in the early stages of their career. The al Academy of Emerging Professionals Awards Program jury met this month to deliberate over a strong package of submissions for the various awards within the program.

Larry Scarpa, FAIA, Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, FAIA, and Ben Kasdan, AIA met on afternoon in October to discuss the submissions entered and the overall state of equity in design and the energy and passion those who are new in the profession are adding to the overall value of design.

Lionakis received the Firm Mentorship Award. When it comes to mentorship, firms play a key role in facilitating successful relationships. Lionakis was not only recognized for their strong list of resources and various avenues down the path towards licensure, but also for their engagement with the emerging professionals they have on staff.

Within the portfolio the firm submitted were several letter from either current or former emerging professionals from interns to the newly licensed who reiterated the strong ties they have with Lionakis for their leadership and support.

The Associates Award, given to an Associate AIA member who best exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership and has demonstrated unparalleled commitment to the profession went to Annalee Groner, Assoc. AIA of Silicon Valley. A designer with aedis architects, her passion for education architecture and her advocacy for women in architecture was evident in her submission and the jury was excited to seeing what comes next from this woman.

The Young Architect Award was awarded to Ian Merker, AIA, of Sacramento. Merker, an architect at Rainforth Grau, has “the complete package,” according to the jury. He is active in his community, a leader in his firm, and participates at the local, state, and national levels of the AIA. “His passion and energy, and his dedication to this profession is obvious,” commented on juror.

All recipients will be recognized November 5th at the Design Awards Celebration in Los Angeles.

For more information, please contact scalder@aiacalifornia.org, 916-642-1718.


The AIA California represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACA’s mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACA is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit www.aiacalifornia.org.

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