AIA Grand Rapids names Honor Awards recipients

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Lynda Haith, left, displays her 2021 Gold Award with Megan Feenstra Wall, president, AIA Grand Rapids. Courtesy Bird + Bird Studio

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Grand Rapids hosted its annual Honor Awards ceremony to celebrate excellence in local architecture.

The event, hosted on Thursday, Oct. 28, recognized individual architects and company projects as some of the best in the area and awarded three scholarships to students pursuing education in architecture.

The 2021 Gold Award, the highest honor granted by AIA Grand Rapids, was granted to Lynda Haith, the first Black woman to be licensed to practice architecture in the state of Michigan and a 50-year veteran of the profession. The Gold Award is given to an individual who has clearly demonstrated distinguished leadership whose work has had a lasting impact on architecture practice and theory.

Other individual awards included the 2021 Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Allied Award.

The Humanitarian Award recognizes someone dedicated to community service, leadership and increasing public awareness of the profession. The award was granted to former Kent District Library Administrator, Pamela Vanderploeg, who for 10 years developed an archive of architectural history focusing on the work of architects from a local to an international level. Vanderploeg also dedicates her time to a study of Grand Rapids Women Architects.

Jenny Waugh, marketing and operations director at Fishbeck and a board member for AIA Grand Rapids and ABC West Michigan, won the 2021 Honorary Allied Award. The award is granted to individuals who promote excellence in and have rendered distinguished service to the profession. Waugh also is chair of the Algoma Township Planning Commission and dedicates her time to other committees and councils.

Project award recipients include:

  • 2021 Residential Architecture Award granted to Lucid Architecture for its Mercer Residence project
  • 2021 Residential Architecture Award granted to Integrated Architecture for its Moyer Drive Residence project
  • 2021 Interior Architecture Award granted to GMB Architecture + Engineering for its Warner Norcross + Judd project
  • 2021 Interior Architecture Award granted to Progressive AE for its An Office and Cantina project
  • 2021 Sustainability Design Award granted to Fishbeck for its MSU Broad College of Business, Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion project
  • 2021 Building Award granted to Cornerstone Architects for its Interlochen Music Center project
  • 2021 Student Project Design Award granted to Sean Guirey for his Riverside Elementary project

AIA also awarded three $1,000 scholarships to West Michigan students pursuing architectural education and demonstrating hard work and dedication to the field. Brook Mehney, Jake Stuck and Hayden Prillwitz were among the recipients.

A full list of winners and entries can be viewed here.

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