Congratulations to Jose Alvarez, TSA ‘97 and Adrianne Steichen, TSA ’01 for recieving 2015 AIA Young Architects award

Feb 4, 2015

2015 AIA Institute Honors for Young Architects

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.

José Alvarez, AIA 

José Alvarez represents the ideals, opportunities, and future of the architecture profession. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, he finished his architecture education in the United States and has worked for New Orleans–based Eskew+Dumez+Ripple for the past 17 years. His devotion to client satisfaction, attention to detail, and endless pursuit of quality design and building performance has made him directly responsible for delivering some of the firm’s most iconic and challenging projects to date, including the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC); the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, La.; 930 Poydras Residential Tower in New Orleans; and Teatro Santander, in São Paolo, Brazil.

As a local and regional leader in the AIA, José participates as a state delegate in the conversation of policy and practice, and also leads the state professional educational program. He has served as the AIA Young Architect Forum (YAF) program director in New Orleans and participates in a recurring roundtable discussion which pairs students and young professionals with recently licensed architects, firm owners, and fellows to explore the topics of career development, licensure, firm ownership, legal concerns, and general best practices.

José is not only passionate about architecture but also on issues of advocacy as they relate to minorities in the architecture profession. He was instrumental in the reorganization and establishment of the Louisiana chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), which has won several awards under his leadership. He is one to watch as he shapes the profession through leadership in both design and diversity.


Adrianne Steichen, AIA 

Adrianne Steichen is setting the standard for young architects, excelling in all aspects of practicing architecture while continuously pushing to advance the cause of improving how and why we practice architecture. She is adept at taking on the roles of project manager and project architect, and able to master new technology and teach others to use it to improve their practice.

When she joined Oakland, Calif.–based Pyatok Architecture + Urban Design, Adrianne took on the firm's social mission to design exemplary residential communities for those in need of low- and moderate-income housing as well as students. She is committed to advocating for affordable housing and volunteering with housing and community organizations. She has been active in the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition and regularly attends Association for Community Design conferences and San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association programs as well as playing an active role in the AIA locally and nationally. She has enthusiastically contributed to The Missing 32% Project to help other women find their way as architects. This constant level of engagement demonstrates her commitment to the advocacy of affordable housing and dedication to volunteerism.

Adrianne is involved, dedicated, and caring—a model of leadership. The profession is better with her playing an active part of it.



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