Clemson alumnus Stephen Parker wins AIA Young Architects Award

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Clemson University alumnus Stephen Parker has been named a recipient of the Young Architects Award by The American Institute of Architects (AIA). The awards are the highest national honor for young architects, recognizing individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers.
All 18 of the 2018 Young Architects Award recipients will be honored at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City this June.
Parker is an architect and planner practicing in the Washington office of SmithGroupJJR, an integrated design, architecture and engineering firm. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional specializing in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C).
Stephen Parker is a 2011 graduate of Clemson University, where he earned a B.A. in Architecture.
“Stephen Parker, AIA, is a remarkable young leader, and has been from the day I met him when I was interviewing for my Clemson position, when he was a junior in the undergraduate B.A. in Architecture program,” said Kate Schwennsen, professor and director of the School of Architecture at Clemson University. “He was then and remains a focused, ambitious, energetic and visionary leader, always looking for opportunities to make connections, be a champion, and advance the profession of architecture. He has been particularly effective and visible in his advocacy for emerging and young architects. I have had the pleasure of knowing some exceptional young leaders in our profession, and would put Stephen up there with the best.”
At age 15, Parker began working as an apprentice at a local firm in his hometown of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Parker graduated from Clemson in 2011 with a B.A. in Architecture, cum laude. As chapter president of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), he grew local membership into the triple …

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