KU News Release


March 4, 2011
Contact: Lauren Beatty, University Relations, 785-864-8856

Alumni win prestigious Young Architect Awards

LAWRENCE — Two graduates of the University of Kansas have been honored with Young Architect Awards from the American Institute of Architects.

Amy J. Slattery, an associate at BNIM in Kansas City, Mo., earned a bachelor’s in architecture from KU in 2001. Tom Trenolone is a design principal and vice president at HDR Architecture Inc. in Omaha, Neb. He earned a master’s in architecture from KU in 2000.

The Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in the early stages of their architecture careers. A total of 11 architects from across the country were honored.

At BNIM, Slattery is working on a new engineering facility for University of California-Los Angeles that promises to continue the advancement of sustainable design research. As a project architect for Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, she was an integral leader of the team, organizing the construction document set and coordinating the consultant team and contractor communication during construction administration.

A founding member of Women in Design Kansas City, Slattery was named Emerging Professional of the Year by the institute’s Kansas City chapter in 2008.

“I’m honored to be selected as one of the recipients of the 2011 Young Architects Award,” said Slattery. “I know several of this year’s recipients from our collaborative work at the AIA regionally and nationally, and it’s humbling to be in their company.”

Trenolone has served as an architect and designer on numerous international and domestic commissions. He and his teams have garnered more than 50 awards for design excellence, 30 from the American Institute of Architects.

Trenolone earned bachelor’s degrees in architecture and journalism at the University of Nebraska before coming to KU. While at KU, he was an American Institute of Architects National Merit Scholar and participated in Studio 804, KU’s acclaimed design-build studio. Trenolone is a member of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning Advisory Board.

“My KU education granted me an elevated platform to start from, not only due to the outstanding faculty that I studied under, but the talented peers that I learned from everyday,” he said. “In a way, I am more excited to receive this honor in the same class as Amy, as I have always respected her, and this will be a great recognition for the School of Architecture, Design and Planning to have two alumni added at the same time to a pretty impressive list of architects.”

The Young Architects Award will be presented to the recipients in May at the American Institute of Architects 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans.


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