Nathan Kalaher receives 2014 AIA Young Architects Award
Monday, January 27, 2014
Nathan Kalaher receives 2014 AIA Young Architects
Kalaher is the
fourth Iowan to receive this national honor
Iowa (January 27, 2014) – The
American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced Nathan Kalaher, AIA, with PLaN Architecture, in Sioux City, Iowa, is a recipient of the 2014
AIA Young Architects Award. This national award recognizes individuals who have
shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the
profession early in their careers. Kalaher will be presented the Young
Architects Award at the 2014 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago, IL, along with 17 other
recipients from around the country.
"Mr. Kalaher unquestionably possesses and reflects the
personal character and commitment to the community that this award seeks to
promote,” said Christopher J. McGowan, President of the Siouxland Chamber of
Commerce. "I have worked with Nathan over the past decade and believe he is an
exceptional young man, an indispensable part of our Chamber’s efforts to
revitalize Sioux City.
He was a capable quarterback helping Sioux City
overcome stiff competition to become one of Iowa’s first "Great Places.” His passion for
this community is contagious. He possesses the skills necessary to transcend
boundaries that prove insurmountable to many others.”
Kalaher graduated from Iowa State University in 2002
with degrees in both Architecture and Community and Regional Planning. ISU
Professor Gregory Palermo, FAIA, points out that "even as an undergraduate,
Kalaher was committed to the healthy rejuvenation of Sioux City, and the
reclamation of an abandoned industrial/rail area in the city.” Kalaher was also
instrumental in the development and fundraising for Design West Studio in Sioux
City, a satellite of Iowa State University’s College of Design. He received his
Masters of Architecture from Cornell University in 2006 and returned to Iowa
where he co-founded PLaN Architecture, a firm committed to community engagement
and design, in 2010 with his wife Lisa Kalaher and friend Paul Martin Jr.
An active member of AIA Iowa, Kalaher is the 2014
President. In 2013, he chaired a record-breaking interdisciplinary Spring
Conference along with ASLA Iowa, APA Iowa and Main Street Iowa. He has
generated a long list of award-winning projects and is a frequent presenter and
critic in architectural design. His work is recognized for design excellence
and is published nationally. His work has been published in more than 100
articles including AIArchitect,
Metropolis and Iowa Architect.
He has received numerous awards including consecutive Design Excellence Awards
from AIA Iowa in 2012 and 2013.
Continuing on Kalaher’s theme of improving
communities, he serves as the Vice Chair of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce
Community Enhancement Committee. Kalaher continues to work with various public
and private groups to reinvent two blighted districts in Sioux City. A
dedicated professional on both the state and local levels, Kalaher has also
been recognized as an Iowa Innovator by IaBiz
Magazine in 2007 and was celebrated in 2012 as one of the "10 under 40” in
his region. He serves on numerous state and local boards and has taught at
colleges and universities.
ABOUT AIA IOWA
Since 1857, the American
Institute of Architects has represented the professional interests of America’s architects. AIA Iowa, headquartered in Des Moines, is an affiliate of the national AIA with
nearly 1,000 members statewide. AIA Iowa members express their commitment to
excellence in design and are proactive in the design of livable communities.
Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the
client, the public, and colleagues of an AIA member architect’s dedication to
the highest standards in professional practice.
Architecture was co-founded in 2010 by Nathan Kalaher, his wife Lisa Kalaher and friend Paul
Martin Jr. The firm is recognized for community engagement
and professional service, and public-private advancement of communities and
regions. PLaN Architecture’s services include architectural design, historic
preservation, interior design, master planning and programming and sustainable
design. The firm’s professionals focus on commercial, educational, health
care/medical, historic preservation, and residential architecture.
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