AIA-MN Selects Alumni for 2013 Young Architect Awards

header_logo.jpgThe American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota's Committee on Design selected four College of Design alumni to receive the 2013 Young Architects Award. This award is given to architects who are AIA Minnesota members, have been licensed for less than 10 years, and have shown exceptional leadership in service to the profession, the community, design, planning, and education. They will be recognized at the annual AIA Minnesota Awards Celebration on Friday, December 6, 2013, at McNamara Alumni Center.

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Eric Amel (M.Arch '05) is an architect with Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. and is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Saint John's University. In 2005, he received the prestigious Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship.

Meghan Kell Cornell (B.Arch '97) is an architect and founding principal of Kell Architect(s), LLC, formerly with SALA Architects, Inc., specializing in residential architecture. She was 2012 President of the AIA Saint Paul chapter, is a graduate of the AIA Minnesota Leadership Forum, was the 2011 AIA Minnesota Emerging Talent of the Year recipient, and has won the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month Award in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013.

Meredith Hayes Gordon
(B.A. Arch '03, M.Arch '07) has been with Perkins+Will since 2007 focusing on healthcare architectural and planning projects. She has taken on key roles in projects such as the LEED Silver Century Project at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado and lead the interior architecture and planning of the winning submittal in the international Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital Big Idea competition. She participates on AIA Minnesota's Committee on Design and Government Affairs Committee, and was an Associate Director on the AIA Minnesota Board.

Ryan Kronzer
(B.A. Arch '97, M.Arch '00) helps lead the Southwest Light Rail project for the Metropolitan Council as Manager of Design. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and is a LEED Accredited Professional. His experience as Co-Chair of AIA Minneapolis Chapter's Urban Design Community led him to be appointed to the Minneapolis City Planning Commission in 2011. He is on the Board of Directors for The Soap Factory that helps to promote emerging artists.

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