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Contributors to the Success in Iowa Architecture Receive Honorary Memberships

Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (0 Comments)

Contributors to the Success in Iowa Architecture Receive Honorary Memberships

Two Honorary Membership Awards were presented

Des Moines, Iowa (September 30, 2014) – The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa) awarded two leaders for their contributions to the success of AIA Iowa and Architecture in Iowa. The 2014 AIA Iowa Honorary Membership Awards went to Jessica Reinert, CAE, IOM, Executive Director of AIA Iowa and Julie Severson, Creative Director at Substance Architecture.

These awards were announced during the AIA Iowa Awards Celebration held Thursday, September 25 at the Des Moines Central Library. The two women awarded are found in the detailed information below for their exceptional contributions to the profession of Architecture in Iowa. Additional awards handed out that evening included the 2014 AIA Iowa Excellence in Design and Sustainable Design Awards.

Jessica Reinert, 2014 AIA Iowa Honorary Membership Award Recipient
Jessica Reinert, CAE, IOM, Hon. AIA Iowa received a 2014 AIA Iowa Honorary Membership for her distinguished service to the profession of architecture in Iowa. Reinert is the Executive Director of AIA Iowa which is headquartered in Des Moines. Reinert started with the organization in 2003 as the Director of Communications. Throughout her eleven year tenure with AIA Iowa, she has consistently communicated the value of architects and energized membership, establishing AIA Iowa as a leading component among AIA chapters nationwide.

Reinert has been honored with several awards and recognitions related to the architectural profession as well as association management. Reinert recently received the first-ever 2014 AIA Emerging Executive Award, in 2013 she was name the AIA Component Ambassador and became a Certified Association Executive with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Among other recognitions, she has also received a Certificate of Excellence from the AIA Iowa Chapter.

Reinert has held three additional positions with the Iowa Chapter of the American Institute of Architects since 2003. She completed her Bachelor of Liberal Studies at Iowa State University in 2000 with emphasis in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, and holds a minor in Sociology.

Julie Severson, 2014 AIA Iowa Honorary Membership Award Recipient
Julie Severson, Hon. AIA Iowa received a 2014 AIA Iowa Honorary Membership for her distinguished service to the profession of architecture in Iowa. Severson is the Creative Director at Substance Architecture in Des Moines. Severson has dedicated much of her 27 year career working with architects and their firms. Severson has worked to advance the profession and increase the public’s awareness of the value of design.

Severson was an integral part in the success of the firms she has lent her services to, including Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck and Substance Architecture both located in Des Moines. She has also served as a volunteer for both AIA Iowa and the Iowa Architectural Foundation from 2006 to the present.

The 2014 AIA Iowa Awards Celebration also includes AIA Iowa Excellence in Design Awards, AIA Iowa Sustainable Design Awards, and AIA Iowa Educator Award and AIA Iowa Honorary Membership Awards. The Awards Celebration was held in conjunction with the AIA Iowa Annual Fall Convention on Thursday and Friday in Des Moines. The 2014 Convention, "Clarity," focused on the importance of collaboration with clients, builders, and the community for the development of a stronger basis of mutual understanding and better solutions for a quality built environment.

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 a statewide affiliate of national AIA with nearly 1,000 members. AIA Iowa members are committed 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 of professional practice.

 

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For interviews with the award winner, please contact Marisol Molstre at (515) 282-7145 or e-mail her at m.molstre@essmanassociates.com.


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