Volunteer & Committee Awards
From left to right: Mary Wyllie, Peggy Heim, David Mead & Michael Fiegenschuh
New this year, AIA Seattle recognizes our hardworking and dedicated volunteers through a set of awards, the Volunteer Award and Committee Award, to acknowledge individuals and committees who demonstrate a high level of leadership, involvement and outstanding contribution to the organization. Awards are announced during our new annual social event, The Parti, which celebrates the past year and looks forward to the year ahead. The award recipients are nominated by the AIA Seattle staff as we work most closely with the individual and committee volunteers. Please join us in congratulating this year’s Volunteer Award recipients, Michael Fiegenschuh and David Mead of the Committee on the Environment (COTE), as well as Women in Design (WiD), recipient of the Committee Award.
The recipient(s) demonstrate attributes of an emerging leader, poised for significant contribution and accomplishment through their work, community service, and/or active participation in AIA Seattle programs and committees. They represent a high level of leadership and involvement (Board members are not eligible for this award).
This year’s recipients, Michael Fiegenschuh and David Mead, enthusiastically jumped into the Committee on the Environment committee chair vacancy and have since brought new energy and interest to COTE. They have successfully run their committee events, brought new participants to the committee and engaged the design community on important discussions throughout the last year on topics of sustainability. They have also actively participated in planning two of our major educational programs, dedicating countless hours and resources to AIA Seattle and the profession.
The Committee Award is established to recognize and honor an AIA Seattle committee who has made an outstanding contribution to the organization. This award will be given annually to the Committee Chair(s) of the committee and the active members who participate in planning and executing committee events. The committee should have substantially exceeded in the quality and/or quantity of the performance expectations and execution of their events or programs within the year.
The Women in Design committee moves the profession forward in many ways. In the last year they not only spurred the creation and completion of the national Women’s Leadership Summit but also continued to move the profession forward with dynamic events throughout the year. The Women’s Leadership Summit brought together an international audience for a robust two days of discussions, celebrating women leaders and creating cultural change. WiD celebrates diversity within the architectural profession with cooperation and leadership in their social events such as the Happy Hour series with Young Architects Forum and Salon. They host important panel discussions that ask the difficult questions and the committee leads the conversation about how to make real change in our community.