Katie M. Harms, AIA | Young Architects Award

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Katie M. Harms, AIA | Notes of Interest

Dedication, passion, and thoughtful creativity are words that describe Katie M. Harms, AIA. Katie’s dedication is evident in many of the professional positions she has held both in the AIA and the community at large. Here leadership is exemplified both at the local and national level, as well as, through her focus on the advancement of emerging professionals. Mentorship for others, as well as, herself, is a keystone in her career. Through her involvement, Katie always looks toward the future from the impact she makes today. She promotes architecture as more than just creating physical buildings, but creating relationships with her colleagues, her clients, and her peers.

Katie became an employee with OPN Architects in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2003 after graduating from Iowa State. She has been growing within the firm and is a stand-out leader. At the office, she has been a part of various key projects ranging from Federal Courthouses, City Event Centers, corporate, and educational work.

Katie Harms is a role model of the engaged advocate-­architect. She has identified shortcomings in the resources available to emerging professionals at the state, regional and national level, and then designed and led initiatives to overcome these shortcomings, for the benefit of her peers and the profession.

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Katie M. Harms, AIA

Jury Comments

A consummate professional and an exemplary voice for our emerging professionals, Katie Harms raises the standard for young architects, and epitomizes what our next generation of leadership should aspire toward. Focused and resolute – committed and engaged – she illuminates the promise and hope that our profession must embody.

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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