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Merit Award recipients will receive:
• ENYA Merit Award certificate
• $1,500 monetary award (equivalent to the cost of passing all divisions of the Architect Registration
Examination (ARE) one time)


Applicants should demonstrate more than one of the following attributes:
• Outstanding achievement in the creation, development, and delivery of creative programs for interns, associates, and/or young architect members of AIA New York
• Significant contributions at an early stage of career to the profession and/or community
• Exemplary involvement in community and/or professional organizations
• Traditional or alternative career path, with demonstrated passion for pursuit of registration
• Strong letters of support detailing personal and professional contributions
• Inspiring statement of contribution.


In order for an applicant to be eligible for this award, both of the following must apply:
• AIA New York member in good standing
• Recently licensed architect, having achieved initial licensure in the U.S. and its territories between January 1, 2013 and September 30, 2016.


Each candidate for the ENYA Merit Award must be nominated by an AIANY member of any type (Architect, Associate, International Associate,Corporate, Professional, etc.) or an AIA New York executive.
• The nominator must submit a letter of nomination (limited to 1 page)

Submission Requirements

The application must include:
• Completed ENYA Merit Award Application (download here)
• One letter of nomination (See previous section)
• One statement of contribution written by the applicant (limited to 1 page)
• One biography and/or resume (limited to 2 pages)
• Two letters of recommendation. Letters are limited to 1 page each. Letters should come from individuals who can speak to the candidate’s accomplishments outlined in the personal statement. We recommend no more than one letter from each company/organization. The ideal candidate will have letters from their firm, a community organization, a member of the architecture profession, and/or a mentor.
• Proof of licensure (copy of NYS Department of Education license or registration or another state’s license.)

In order to ensure the fair and thorough evaluation of all candidates for the ENYA Merit Award, the following materials must be submitted in the manner described below. All entries submitted without the required materials will be disqualified.
• Submission materials must be in an 8-1/2” x 11” electronic format, limited to no more than the page specifications stated below.
Note: By making a submission, the applicant grants permission to the AIANY to reproduce and publicly display submission material if the applicant receives an award. Materials submitted will not be returned to the applicant

Submission Process

Electronic submissions must be received by Friday, November 4th at 5:00 PM EST.

AIANY assumes no responsibility for the delivery of materials. It is the responsibility of the nominating individual to see that the submission is delivered to the AIANY ENYA Committee by the appropriate date.

Call for nominations: August 2016
Deadline: October 21, 2016
Extended Deadline November 4th, 2016 – Electronic submissions due @ 5:00 PM
November 2016: Review of Applications – Jury convenes (See list below for Jury)
Mid-November 2016: Award winner(s) announced
December 2016: Award presented at AIANY Inaugural Ceremony.

About AIANY Emerging New York Architects

The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) is one of the most active young architect groups in the country. At the national level, ENYA falls under the umbrella of the Young Architects Forum, an AIA Knowledge Community that provides national advocacy and leadership for the group. In conjunction with AIA New York, ENYA develops its own programming that addresses issues specific to the New York City audience.

AIA National defines membership in young architects groups as open to “all professionals ten years or less from licensure.” However, ENYA is an-equal opportunity committee and welcomes participation from anyone willing to promote the positive development of the profession and its practitioners. ENYA strives to meet all skill levels, scholastic backgrounds and professional interests, and hosts programs of general interest to all architects. In this way, ENYA will continue to educate, expand and improve the understanding and interpretation of New York City’s architectural environment with a focus on topics of interest to young architects.

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Carol Loewensen, FAIA
2016 President, AIANY
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Miles Paloympis, Assoc. AIA
co-chair, AIANY Emerging NY Architects Committee
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Jenna Ciano, Assoc. AIA
co-chair, AIANY Emerging NY Architects Committee

co-chair, AIANY Emerging NY Architects Committee

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Michael Szivos, Assoc. AIA
Founder, SOFTlab
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Jane Smith, AIA
Vice President of Professional Development, AIANY
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Venesa Alicea, AIA
Alternate Director of Professional Development, AIANY


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