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February 29, 2016
Chapter News

Jared Edgar McKnight, Assoc. AIA, Awarded AIA National's Associates Award

By Sharon Leshner
© WRT; © Canstruction Philadelphia; © Jared Edgar McKnight, Assoc. AIA

Congratulations to Jared Edgar McKnight, Assoc. AIA, for being awarded AIA National's Associates Award.The AIA Associates Award is the highest award given to individual associate AIA members who best exemplify the highest qualities of leadership and have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to their component or region's membership, in the community, in professional organizations, and/or in the design and construction industries.

Through his uncompromising devotion to architecture and commitment to AIA service, Jared McKnight, Assoc. AIA, has coupled his immense design skills with his inexhaustible passion to add immense value to his professional and civic presence. With the demonstrated excellence of his work and his remarkable ethic, it is clear that Jared’s overriding ambition is to leave a lasting impact on the people, projects, initiatives, and communities he interacts with.

Jared joined Philadelphia’s Wallace Roberts & Todd in 2012, bringing his keen ambition for interdisciplinary collaboration to his work there. He’s helmed projects such as the adaptive reuse of the Bethlehem, PA’s Hoover-Mason Trestle, which resulted in a repurposed 1/3-mile-long elevated pedestrian promenade that provides passive recreation as well historic interpretation and up-close views of a sprawling historic steel plant.

Currently serving a two-year term as Associate Director on AIA Philadelphia’s Board of Directors, Jared assists in the coordination and planning of over 25 events that the chapter’s Associate Committee and Philadelphia Young Architects Forum host each year. Those events provide emerging architects pathways to engagement with the AIA – welcome events and ARE study sessions - while offering creative pursuits in a napkin sketch design competition and a Halloween-themed design charrette that results in a trick-or-treating haven for children served by a Philadelphia social agency.

Jared has furthered his commitment to the profession by taking on key roles in the AIA Philadelphia Design Committee and the AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professionals Committee, both of which are focused intently on welcoming members to the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. Jared has also lent his talents to shaping the future of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture as a task force member assigned to developing its facilities master plan.

In the community, Jared has dedicated himself to bettering the people and spaces of Philadelphia. In his own neighborhood, he’s been an active member of the Louis I. Kahn Park board of directors, helping program what was an underutilized and aging public space – through engaging events such as outdoor yoga sessions and a summer concert series – and providing oversight for infrastructure and design improvements.

As the event chair of CANstruction, in which the Philadelphia design and construction industries have been fully engaged since 2006, Jared coordinates every facet of the event that gathers teams of design professionals, builders, and engineers and tasks them with building whimsical sculptures using only canned foods. Under Jared’s guidance for the past four years, the event has raised 175,000 pounds of food and $17,500 - the equivalent of 200,000 meals - for the hunger relief organization Philabundance.

Based on the trajectory of his young career and the accomplishments he’s already enjoyed, there’s little doubt that Jared will continue to set a high bar for his contemporaries.

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