Jonathan Penndorf, AIA | Young Architects Award

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Jonathan Penndorf, AIA | Notes of Interest

Jon has consistently and enthusiastically contributed to improving the practice of architecture for young architects in Washington DC and beyond. He founded the Emerging Architects Committee of the Chapter, a highly successful outreach program for young members. Under his leadership, the committee has organized mentoring workshops, collaborated with other organizations for networking opportunities, and created a lecture series specifically targeted to the interests of Young Architects. As a result of his success, Jon was asked to serve as Mid-Atlantic Regional Liaison to the Young Architects Forum. In this capacity he collaborated with other components on a regional and national level through articles in newsletters, communication with chapters, and attendance at semiannual regional meetings where he spear-headed support for amending the bylaws to make the YAF Regional Liaison an official position on the Mid-Atlantic Board.

Jon has also shown exceptional leadership on behalf of young architects on the AIA | DC Board of Directors. He has been the Board Secretary, Treasurer, and President-Elect. He is serving as the President of the chapter during the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, DC and has been an active committee chair and contributor to its organization and implementation. He will be the public face for AIA | DC during the convention at a national level, a role he has successfully played at Grassroots, and the 2011 National Convention closing general session. Since becoming a Director, the Board has supported many of his initiatives and has become more responsive to this critical and expanding constituency.

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  • © Jonathan Penndorf
  • © Timothy So

Jonathan Penndorf, AIA

Jury Comments

His work has elevated the stature of our profession and has made a meaningful impact on the next generation of leaders. His strong voice for professionalism, activism, and balance, has helped him reach and inspire other young professionals to achieve and to serve. His volunteerism truly shows the depth of his leadership qualities.

2012 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

  • 2011 Chancellor:
  • Chester A. Widom, FAIA
  • Los Angeles
  • 2011 Vice Chancellor:
  • Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
  • McLean, VA
  • 2011 Bursar:
  • William J. Stanley, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta
  • Secretary:
  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • 2012 Incoming Bursar:
  • Albert W. Rubeling FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
  • Towson, MD

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