We are proud to announce that our own Allison Méndez, AIA, has been named a recipient of the 2019 AIA Young Architects Award. Allison, a senior associate in our St. Louis office, was recognized for her exceptional leadership in design, education, community engagement, and in the progression of the architecture industry.

Allison’s work and accomplishments underscore her commitment to populations typically underserved by high-end design, for example working through the firm’s Open Hand Studio to lead design and community engagement of 10 Habitat for Humanity homes in St. Louis and the visualization of a daycare facility and restaurant for St. Patrick Center, a nonprofit serving homeless populations.

Allison has lent her voice and efforts to AIA Central States and CannonDesign’s NEXT Council, where she has helped push forward both policy change and cultural growth on matters of family leave and gender equity–as well as advocating for the next generation of designers at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis.

In her award announcement, the AIA states that Allison has a “keen ability to create positive change (and) has proven herself a cultural champion and natural leader. As the profession continues to address global issues, passionate and principled design leaders like her will be critical for ensuring a bright future for architecture.”

A complete list of this year’s recipients can be found here.

Read the official announcement of Allison’s win here >