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AIA Iowa Presents College of Design Students with Excellence Awards

Friday, May 17, 2013  
Posted by: Jennifer Peters

AIA Iowa Presents College of Design Students with Excellence Awards 


Des Moines, Iowa (May 17, 2013) – On April 17, 2013 the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter (AIA Iowa)  had the pleasure of awarding four Iowa State University students certificates and medals of honor for their accomplishments within the Bachelor and Master programs of Architecture. The AIA Medals are awarded to the student with the highest cumulative GPA in the accredited programs and the certificates are presented to those with the second-highest ranking. This year’s winners are: Gabriel Comstock, Undergraduate AIA Certificate, Michael Thole, Graduate AIA Certificate, Justin Wang, Undergraduate AIA Medal, Adrienne Nelson, Graduate AIA Medal. 


"I am honored to graduate with the Undergraduate AIA Medal at Iowa State this year. As architecture students, my entire class has invested five years of incredible effort to get to this point, and it is wonderful to be recognized for it. As I continue my career, this award will be a continual reminder that excellent design and recognition must always come from hard work, a critical mindset, and an intense commitment to greater responsibilities,” said Justin Wang. 


"Receiving the Graduate AIA Certificate is an honor and reminder of the importance  of the AIA to future architects. As I transition into practice, I will advance my academic energy into professional development as an architect, supporting the AIA's mission to improve the built environment," commented Michael Thole. 


AIA Iowa is a proud supporter of Iowa State University’s School of Design, Architecture Program. For more information on AIA Iowa visit An album of photos from the awards program can be found on the AIA Iowa Facebook page.


For interviews or pictures, please contact Jessica Reinert at AIA Iowa, (515) 244-7502, or e-mail her at


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