Women in Architecture Award

AIA Connecticut Women in Architecture Award honors female architects who demonstrate design excellence, promote equitable practice, and are creating positive change in the profession.

Sara C. Bronin, AIA

Sara is the Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law at UConn Law School, specializing in property, land use, historic preservation, and sustainability law.  She serves as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a board member of Latinos for Heritage Conservation, and a board member of the Sustainable Development Code.  Professor Bronin has chaired Preservation Connecticut and served as vice chair of Hartford’s Historic Properties Commission.  As chair of Hartford's Planning and Zoning Commission, she has led a national-award-winning zoning code overhaul, and she has served as lead author of the city’s housing code, climate action plan, subdivision and inland wetlands regulations, and comprehensive plan.  She was educated at Yale Law School (Truman Scholar), Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Texas.

Evelyn Lee, AIA

Evelyn, is the first-ever Senior Experience Designer at Slack Technologies. Lee seamlessly integrates her business and architecture background with a qualitative and quantitative focus to build a better workplace experience for Slack Employees, visitors, and guests.

Evelyn received her Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors in 2002 from Drury University where she minored in Global Studies while playing on the Women’s Soccer Team. In 2003 she received her Masters of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Most recently, in 2012, Evelyn finished a dual MPA (Masters Public Administration)/MBA (Masters Business Administration) in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School.

Julie Snow, FAIA, Snow Kreilich Architects

Julie Snow leads a studio-based practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The studio's interest in pragmatic and critical programmatic reflection results in innovative designs that expand our understanding of architectural performance.  Design strategies engage issues of how architecture performs within each project's, social, cultural and economic context.
The practice has been recognized with numerous awards including the AIA’s 2018 Architecture Firm Award, an honor that recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. Projects have been recognized with several AIA Honor Awards, a Holcim North American Bronze Award, a Progressive Architecture Design Award, the Chicago Athenaeum’s American and International Architecture Awards, Architect Magazine Annual Design Review, the Design Distinction Award from I.D. magazine, several Business Week/Architectural Record Awards and several US General Services Administration's Design Excellence Awards. The work of the studio was exhibited at the Chicago Architectural Foundation.


Provide supporting documents describing how the nominee meets the criteria listed below:

Design Excellence: A portfolio that conveys contributions to the design community and built environment through the design of built or unbuilt work, writing, teaching, or publication. Exhibits a collaborative and participatory approach to working with others.

Promote Equitable Practice: Demonstrated intent and ability to promote equitable practice through their work and values.

Affect Change: Exhibits a forward-thinking and progressive approach with a goal to create positive change in the profession, built environment, or wider community.

Submission Requirements:

  • Must be a licensed individual member of AIA Connecticut
  • Description of the Nominee
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 100 word bio of nominee
    • 100-250 words that describe how the nominee meets the three award criteria
    • Headshot
  • Supporting material for 5 relevant projects, articles, or publications
    • 100-250 word description of the project including description of applicant's role
    • List of project collaborators
    • 5 Images of each project (High-resolution JPEG)
    • PDF of article or publication
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Contact information for support material, such as marketing department

Registration Opens: September 2, 2020
Registration Deadline: September 29, 2020
Submission Deadline: October 16, 2020


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