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Three AIA Iowa Members Receive Prestigious National Awards

Friday, February 26, 2016   (0 Comments)

Three AIA Iowa Members Receive Prestigious National Awards

Mindy Aust, Carey Nagle, & Anna Jones Recognized for Young Leadership

Des Moines, Iowa (February 26, 2016) – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced their individual awards recognizing those who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their architectural careers. Three of AIA Iowa’s members are being acknowledged with these awards on a National level. Mindy Aust, AIA of Substance Architecture, and Carey Nagle, AIA of BNIM have both won an AIA Young Architect Award, and Anna Jones, Assoc. AIA of Substance Architecture has won an AIA Associates Award. All have been recognized as young leaders in the industry and will be presented with their awards at the 2016 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, along with other recipients from around the country.

The Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career. The AIA Associates Award is the highest award given to individual associate AIA members who best exemplify the highest qualities of leadership and have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their component or region's membership, in the community, in professional organizations, and/or in the design and construction industries.

Mindy Aust, AIA is a graduate from Iowa State University where she received a Bachelor of Architecture in 2001 with a minor in entrepreneurial studies. Aust is an Associate of Substance Architecture. She has worked on many prominent Des Moines projects such as the John and Mary Pappajohn Higher Education Center, multiple projects for Wells Fargo Financial, and four branches within the Des Moines Public Library System including the award-winning Central Library. Aust serves on a number of professional committees and currently serves on the AIA Iowa Board of Directors as President. The AIA notes “In her short time as a professional, Mindy has tapped in to her expertise to help advance the profession on multiple fronts. Through rigorous and recognized design and dedication with an emphasis on mentorship and community involvement, she brings both strategic vision and a willingness to roll up her sleeves and get to work on any project.” Read more.

Carey Nagle, AIA is a graduate of Iowa State University where he received a Bachelor of Architecture. Nagle is an Associate Principal with BNIM in Des Moines. His award-winning high performance design projects have helped to define design excellence as a balance of design and building performance. Nagle is a holistic practitioner with a broad range of notable project experience, professional leadership and community contributions that demonstrate his rare combination of humility, integrity and drive. The AIA notes “With his accomplishments in high-performance design, leadership in the profession, and community engagement, Carey has led the design dialogue on numerous fronts. By developing an interdisciplinary and collaborative mindset, he has been reaffirming the core role of an architect. Carey is a prototypical holistic practitioner, with a quiver of notable projects that include office buildings, higher education projects, churches, and museums.” Read more.

Anna Jones, Assoc. AIA is a graduate of Iowa State University where she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2011. She received numerous prestigious academic awards including the Undergraduate AIA Certificate and the Leonard Wolfe Leadership Award. Anna is a previous Regional Associate Director for the Central States Emerging Professionals Committee and past Chair of Iowa Women in Architecture (iaWia). She is currently an active Executive Board Member and special task force leader for Iowa Women in Architecture, and serves as an Associate Editor for Iowa Architect Magazine. The AIA notes “Anna Jones, Assoc. AIA, is an accomplished young professional with a deep-rooted passion for equity in architecture. She unleashes her infectious energy on every project and cause she encounters, cementing her place as one of the most respected young leaders in the Central States Region. Her devotion to the profession and her colleagues is exemplary and she has shown her dedication to the AIA in countless capacities since the earliest days of her career.” Read more.

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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