This week, the AIA announced the nine recipients of the 2010 AIA Young Architects Award. The prize recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. Architects who have been licensed 10 years or fewer, regardless of their age, are eligible. The winners will be honored at a ceremony in Miami during the 2010 AIA national convention, scheduled for June 10 to 12.

AIA Names Winners of 2010 Young Architects Award

David Burt, AIA
After graduating from Mississippi State University, David Burt worked for Foil-Wyatt Architects in Jackson, Mississippi. Shortly after, he joined the firm LS3P and gained a reputation for his skills across a wide variety of projects. In 2004, Burt earned his license and was named an associate of LS3P. In 2006, he was promoted to associate, and in September 2008, he became LS3P’s youngest principal. Burt served as vice president of AIA Charleston in 2005 and president in 2006. That same year, he was elected to serve a three-year term as communications chairperson for the AIA South Carolina Board of Directors.

Kevin deFreitas, AIA
Kevin deFreitas graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona and went on to establish his own firm, Kevin deFreitas Architects. He regularly provides pro bono services to church and youth-related organizations, in addition to being an active board member of several nonprofit and community planning groups. He is well regarded for his contribution to revitalizing an area in downtown San Diego. He has received numerous awards, and his work has been recognized for its thoughtfulness, sustainability, and innovation.

David Grissino, AIA
David Grissino graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, where he helped establish the Design Student Group, the predecessor to the current AIAS chapter. He later earned his M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon returning to Massachusetts, Grissino promptly joined the Boston Society of Architects. He served on the South Boston Waterfront Task Force while also working on the design and permitting of two projects for William Rawn Associates. He then took a job with Goody Clancy, where he currently is a senior urban designer and is involved in the marketing, business development, project management, and design aspects of nearly every campus planning project in the office.

Christopher Kelley, AIA
Christopher Kelley earned a bachelor of design with honors, and then an M.Arch. degree, from the University of Florida. In 1997, he started working for RMH+J Architects in Tampa. Kelley is now at Gensler Washington, D.C., where he works as a project architect, assistant studio director, and technical director. Upon joining the AIA, Kelley immediately saw an opportunity to speak on behalf of interns and associate members. He became the first regional associate director from the Florida-Caribbean Region and has since served as vice president (2008) and president (2009) of the Young Architects Forum Advisory Committee.

Brian Malarkey, AIA
After graduating from Texas A&M University, Brian Malarkey became a registered architect in 2000 and began his career at Kirksey. He later founded Kirksey EcoServices, a consulting group focused on sustainable design. In 2003 he was elected chairman of the AIA Houston Committee on the Environment (COTE), during which time he organized Gulf Coast Green. Malarkey received the chapter’s Ben Brewer Young Architect Award in 2004, and three years later, he became president-elect of AIA Houston. Malarkey has won four individual awards and 23 design awards for buildings on which he served a leadership role. His work also has been featured in national and regional publications.

Gregory Minott, AIA
Gregory Minott was born in Jamaica, where he began his architectural career and still does consulting work. In 1999 he moved to the U.S. in order to further his education at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. After acquiring an M.Arch. and a master’s degree in infrastructure planning, he continued to work in the Northeast and joined the Boston Society of Architects. In his current role as a project architect at Elkus Manfredi Architects, Minott has made significant design contributions to award-winning urban renewal and transit-oriented projects. He conducts design studios, promotes careers in design, and participates in Boston inner-city youth programs.

Anthony Piermarini, AIA
Anthony Piermarini received his bachelor of architecture from Cornell University and went on to receive a Master of Architecture II at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a founding principal of Studio Luz Architects (SLA). SLA is an agile, forward- thinking practice that strives to link social responsibility and sustainable construction practices with built material expression. SLA has garnered many awards, including being named one of Architectural Record's Design Vanguard firms in 2006. Piermarini is a critic at the Rhode Island School of Design; he also has taught at Cornell University, Northeastern University, and the Boston Architectural College.

Kristine Royal, AIA
Though Kristine Royal’s professional activities range widely, her efforts are consistently focused on advocating for emerging architects. She is a strong proponent of the Young Architects Forum’s three-part mission—Leadership, Fellowship and Mentorship—and she exemplifies these tenets in all of her endeavors. She was selected to serve as the program advisor for the YAF’s advisory committee in 2005. She also teamed with the AIA’s Regional and Urban Design Committee to bring critical discourse to Rhode Island’s design community through RUDC’s SpringRoundtable2007. In her professional practice, Royal’s focus on historic preservation and adaptive reuse showcase her multi-faceted leadership and design skills.

Tricia Stuth, AIA
Stuth is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design. She also is a co-founder and partner in the firm Curb, and a co-founder and principal in Applied Research, an architectural collaborative that combines the research interests of four UT faculty members. Stuth holds both B.S. (1995) and M.Arch. (1997) degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She spent three and half years as an intern architect at the Miller|Hull Partnership in Seattle, where she also served as director for the Architecture in Education program. In 2008, Stuth was one of only two educators nationwide to be awarded the ACSA|AIA Housing Design Education Award.