Susannah C. Drake, AIA | 2013 Young Architects Award

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Susannah C. Drake, AIA | Notes of Interest

Susannah Drake’s expertise in architecture and landscape architecture has informed her design of buildings and their surroundings. Design of ecological solutions to aging infrastructure and buildings is at the heart of her practice.

Susannah is the founding principal of dlandstudio, an interdisciplinary practice derived from a systems-based, research-driven approach that also values a strong intuitive expression. Her design work is culturally relevant, ecologically productive, and logically constructed; it tackles the nitty-gritty issues facing our urban world with aplomb and verve. The great challenge, of course, is to realize a project with high design goals, not just high-performance goals. She clearly has the ability to imagine, defend, and produce projects of the highest design caliber while tackling the tougher issues.

She is a leader of and mentor to a talented, interdisciplinary team of architects, urban designers, artists, scientists, and landscape architects. Her firm’s urban infrastructure projects work across scales to make urban infrastructure more productive.

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  • © dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture pllc.

Susannah C. Drake, AIA

Jury Comments

She has an energetic, intelligent, and collaborative approach to urban design, and her public projects have greatly contributed to our understanding of and potential solutions to the challenge of climate change and rising seas.

2013 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

  • Norman L. Koonce, FAIA, Chair
  • McLean, Virginia
  • Albert W. Rubeling FAIA
  • Rubeling & Associates, Inc., Towson, Maryland
  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA
  • HKS, Inc., Dallas
  • John Sorrenti, FAIA
  • JRS Architect, PC, Mineola, NY
  • William J. Stanley, III, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC, Atlanta

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