The American Institute of Architects Colorado Chapter (AIA Colorado) presented ten awards and five honors during its annual YAAG event, held on Friday, June 3, at Gensler in Denver.

The event marks the 17th anniversary of this awards program recognizing design excellence among emerging professionals in Colorado. YAAG, formally known as the Young Architects Awards Gala, has evolved into a respected awards program that gives young architects, emerging professionals and students an opportunity to showcase their work and get recognized for their accomplishments.

2016 YAAG Juried Awards

The following ten awards and five honorable mentions were selected from entries submitted by firms, designers, students and young architects (licensed 10 years or less) from across the state. The entries were judged by a jury of architects, including:

  • Stephen Dynia, FAIA (Jury Chair) – Dynia Architects
  • Sarah Semple Brown, FAIA – Semple Brown Design
  • Renee del Gaudio, AIA – Renee del Gaudio Architecture
  • Brent Mather, AIA – Gensler
  • EJ Meade, AIA – Arch11
  • Adam Harding, AIA – Roth Sheppard Architects

The 2016 YAAG Jury Comments can be found on AIA Colorado’s Youtube Channel.

10 Dominic Weilminster Emerging Professional of the Year

Winner: Dominic Weilminster, AIA – RNL Design

01 Kirby_Portfolio_YAAG Page 047 Portfolio

Winner: Kaylyn Kirby, Assoc. AIA – HDR, Inc.

02 Dad Amass PS Edit 1 Craftsmanship – Artistic

Winner: Brittany Wheeler – Tomecek Studio Architects for Amass

Honorable Mention: Rachel Cusimano, AIA – Roth Sheppard Architects for Girl Running – Germany Holocaust Memorial

04A ParkingRenderingOverlay Unbuilt Architecture – Under 20,000 SF

Winner: Mike Sudolsky, Assoc. AIA – Gensler for [N]STALL

Honorable Mention: Brian Martin – Tomecek Studio Architecture for Sky Tower

04B BASILICA 2 Unbuilt Architecture – Over 20,000 SF

Winner: Adam Wagoner and Raphael de la Fontaine – Yale School of Architecture for New Haven Basilica

Honorable Mention: Kaylyn Kirby, Assoc. AIA – HDR, Inc. for Terre & Eau

05A DAY 7-2 Built Architecture – Under 20,000 SF

Winner: Colorado Building Workshop, University of Colorado Denver for Colorado Outward Bound Micro Cabins

05B HIPDN_JacksonHoleAirport_Phase2_10_150803 Built Architecture – Over 20,000 SF

Winner: Adam Ambro, AIA, Randall Hatley, Jonas Phillipsen and Scott Wightman – Gensler for Jackson Hole Airport Phase II

06 bowsandarrows1 Interior Architecture

Winner: Thomas Harris and Patty Gut – HDR, Inc. for Bows and Arrows

08 White House Tavern_10_Bar-1 Adaptive Reuse and/or Historic Preservation

Winner: Dana Ganssle Ellis, Assoc. AIA – Rowland + Broughton Architecture for White House Tavern

Honorable Mention: Eric Blase, Georgia Brown, Tim Hutchinson and Jonas Phillipsen – Gensler for Seed Building

09 TULUM TABLE 3 Creative Concept

Winner: Cam Tu Dang – Cam Dang Designs / Larson Incitti Architects for Tulum Table & Chair

Honorable Mention: Stephanie Wood – University of Colorado Denver for Erganomi

2016 YAAG Online Awards

In addition to juried submittals, Emerging Professionals submitted their work into nine people’s choice online voting categories. Nine awards were presented.

Where’s Waldo? – The Most Creative Use of a Scaled Figure
Winner: Joey Pruett, Assoc. AIA – Pool Voyeur

Kickin’ It Beaux Arts – Best Rendering Done by Hand
Winner: Gavin Sharp, Assoc. AIA – Duke University Chapel

“To the Cloud” – Best Digital Exterior Rendering
Winner: Jack Blythe – Aspen Compound

Inside Voices – Best Digital Interior Rendering
Winner: Joey Pruett, Assoc. AIA – Roaring Fork Valley Pavilion

Divine Detail – Best Architectural Detail
Winner: Jonas Philipsen – Custom Designed Cast King Post Truss

“It’s a Material World” – Best Use of Innovative Materials
Winner: Katie Donahue – Pulp Canopy

Blur the Line – Best Example of Relationship between Interior & Exterior
Winner: Katie Donahue – Pulp Urchin

The Artist Formerly Known as [insert elevation symbol here] – Best Example of an Elevation
Winner: Jack Blythe – Modern Addition in Aspen’s Historic Core

FLO – Best Site Solution/Creativity with Landscape
Winner: Katie Donahue – Pulp Urchin

AIA Colorado congratulates these talented Emerging Professionals on their design achievements. To learn more about the work of AIA Colorado’s Emerging Professionals, visit their blog at

2016 YAAG Sponsors

YAAG would not be possible without the generous support of firms and businesses in the design community.

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3PM Design Inc.
AE Design
Anderson Hallas Architects
Anderson Mason Dale Architects
BG Building Works
GreenLight Engineering
Roth Sheppard Architects
Sink Combs Dethlefs Architects
USI Colorado

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IBI Group
Maria Cole, AIA
RTA, Inc.

Special Thanks
to The College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver

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