Washington Architectural Foundation Recognizes Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center and Faculty Members | VTX
The Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) and two of WAAC’s adjunct and affiliate professors received awards at an event hosted by the Washington Architectural Foundation to recognize members of the Washington, D.C. metro community who demonstrate the power architectural transformer.
Li Ren and Scott Archer of Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design at WAAC each received the 2021 Emerging Architect Awards. Ren, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, is an affiliate faculty member whose research focuses on the urban regeneration and technology, sustainability, and cultural and architectural strategies in the Washington, DC area. Archer, AIA LEED AP ND, WAAC alumnus, serves as an assistant instructor. He is currently working with an international team on the master plan at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and is a partner at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP in Washington, D.C. Ren and Archer see the education of the general public on architecture as a key responsibility of design professionals.
The Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center received the 2021 Architect Educator Award. Director Susan Piedmont-Palladino noted that the WAAC is uniquely positioned to shape the future of architecture by using the surrounding city as a “laboratory and classroom”. She said WAAC encourages critical thinking and problem-solving skills that “help students solve problems in their environment and prepare them for roles in future design and planning initiatives.”
-Written by Elizabeth Quill