Rachel Minnery Receives AIA Honor

We are more than pleased to announce that our very own Rachel Minnery has received the 2012 Young Architect Award from AIA Seattle!

Each year, AIA Seattle recognizes leadership and achievement in design and the built environment through its honors program. Honors acknowledge excellence, inspire by example, and strengthen ties between architects and the many other professions that partner with them to make a difference through design.

“Good design makes a difference, but the architectural community can’t do it alone.” said Lisa Richmond, Executive Director of AIA Seattle. “We honor not only our own outstanding members, but those visionary leaders with whom we partner to achieve our shared goals.”

According to AIA Seattle’s press release, “Rachel Minnery is an architect, LEED accredited professional and community activist with Environmental Works, a non-profit community design center. Her passion is creating, enhancing and sustaining vibrant communities for all. Rachel has designed and managed housing, education and healthcare projects in the public and private sectors. Rachel supports communities in crisis, providing disaster response and recovery services while preparing other architects to do the same. As chair of the national American Institute of Architect’s Disaster Assistance Committee and cofounder of Architects Without Borders Seattle, she advocates for and organizes architects to contribute volunteer design services to communities in great need. She has led groups of volunteer architects to disaster stricken places close to home and as far away as Mississippi and Haiti, responding to floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. In 2006, AIA Seattle honored her with the Community Service Award. Rachel is the recipient of the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award from Ball State University and College of Architecture’s Award of Outstanding Achievement.”

Environmental Works is extremely proud of Rachel and all the work she does to support communities in need, both within our office and with her numerous volunteer activities. We extend our warmest congratulations on the receipt of this honor!