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Nathan Kalaher receives 2014 AIA Young Architects Award

Monday, January 27, 2014   (0 Comments)

Nathan Kalaher receives 2014 AIA Young Architects Award

Kalaher is the fourth Iowan to receive this national honor

Des Moines, 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.


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.


PLaN 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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