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January 6, 2021
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Chapter News

2021 Thomas U. Walter Award Goes to Tiffany Millner, AIA, NOMA

By Rebecca Johnson
Tiffany Millner, AIA, NOMA | Photo Credit: Hoffer Photography

This award is presented annually to a current member of the architectural profession and is intended to recognize their contributions to the architectural community through their service to the American Institute of Architects and other related professional organizations. Recipients for this award will have distinguished themselves amongst their colleagues through service to the ‘Institute’ on a local, state, or national level. Candidates for this award shall be proponents of good design practices, active advocates for the profession, and have demonstrated a commitment to community service.

On behalf of the Board of AIA Philadelphia, we are pleased to announce that Tiffany Millner, AIA, NOMA, is the recipient of the 2021 Thomas U. Walter Award.  Ms. Millner is currently the Director of Communications for the ACE Mentoring Program of America. Prior to taking a national leadership role with ACE Mentoring, she grew the Philadelphia program into one of the most successful in the country -- providing opportunities for young people interested in a career in architecture, construction, and/or engineering.  Ms. Millner has made a significant contribution to our local and national architectural community and is well-deserving of this award.

A registered architect since 2009, Millner is also a wife, mother, artist, author, director, graphic designer, and manager of 5-piece a multi-genre band. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2001 and has since been on a mission to use her superpowers to bring order to chaos.

After serving as a project manager and architectural designer at JKRP Architects LLC, and VITETTA, Millner founded the design consultancy AUX Collective, LLC, in 2010. She currently devotes her energy as the Director of Communications for the ACE Mentor Program of America and as a consultant in various professional capacities including - architectural & graphic design, website development, community engagement, and photography services, with a focus on non-profits and artist development.

She has participated in the ACE Mentor Program since 2007 as a volunteer, team leader, and served on several support committees. She has also participated as a mentor in the AIA’s Architecture in Education program. Millner also served on the AIA's National Diversity Council from 2014-2016.

Tiffany actively participates in discourse about diversity and inclusion, moderating AIA diversity discussions, and publishing articles on the topics of women and minorities in the design industry. As the 233rd Black female architect, she published the book 200something to share her journey of navigating the architectural profession.

Photo Credit: Hoffer Photography

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