Hollis + Miller Architects' Meghan Masterson Receives Honor from AIA Kansas City

OVERLAND, KS--Hollis + Miller Architects’ Project Designer Meghan Masterson was a member of an eight-person team that recently received a well-deserved recognition from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects – 2008 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Hollis + Miller Architects believes in giving back and encourages its team to show the firm’s leadership by getting involved in a variety of organizations that are a part of the architecture industry and building community.

Meghan Masterson has been involved with the AIA Kansas City since 2005 and has served in a variety of roles. In 2007, she wrote a grant for the AIA Kansas City chapter and served on the AIA Kansas City board as the associate director. Her efforts of promoting internship development and mentorship were recognized nationally by the AIA as she helped secure funding for a local project. She was invited to Grassroots, a national convention. Meghan also worked on The Kansas City SNAPSHOT project, a year-long experiment based on a simple idea: it is easier to effectively plan where our communities are going if we first take a thoughtful look at where we are. The project consists of a series of three public conversations hosted at venues along the “path” that will consider the way we live, how we interact with each other in the immediate built environment, and how that interaction shapes who we are as a city now and into the future. In 2005-2006, Masterson was one of the founding members and program chair for Women in Design KC. Although, she is no longer involved with this group, this effort just received national recognition. Women in Design KC is a community of women involved in architecture and the design professions who come together for mentorship, support and advocacy for women in design.

Meghan was a part of the AIA’s 2008 Central States Regional Conference team. Specifically, she headed up the design awards component and facilitated leadership and collaboration in this area of the overall program.

“It is great to see folks like Meghan driven by their passion who invest the extra time and effort to participate in the business of the architecture industry,” said John Brown, AIA and vice president and partner at Hollis + Miller Architects. “This is well-deserved recognition for Meghan.”