2017 Recognition Award WInners
Gold Medal / Constantine George Pappas, FAIA
President | Constantine George Pappas Architecture & Planning
Mr. Pappas is the founding principal of Constantine George Pappas AIA Architecture/ Planning. Founded in April 1982, the firm specializes in high quality projects including Masterplanning and the design of Religious, Institutional, and Residential work throughout the Midwest. Mr. Pappas’ design excellence has earned spots in many international, national and local architectural magazines. The design excellence of the firm continues today with numerous AIA National, AIA Michigan, AIA Detroit, Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), and the Masonry Institute of Michigan Honor Design Awards.
The firm has won thirty-six (36) design awards these various institutions and organizations. Mr. Pappas is a continuing adjunct faculty thesis design juror and lecturer at Michigan’s three Schools of Architecture; ( University of Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, and Lawrence Technological University ). In 2002, Mr. Pappas was bestowed with one of the highest honors given to an architect. His elevation into the American Institute of Architects National College of Fellows was based on his commitment to religious architecture.
Young Architect Award / Meredith McLellan, AIA, CDT
Associate & Project Manager | SmithGroupJJR
As a Project Manager with SmithGroupJJR’s Workplace and Building Technology Studios, Meredith McLellan has more than 15 years of architectural and project leadership experience. She has served as a project architect and project manager for various clients including the University of Michigan, Oakland University, Michigan State University, Cranbrook, the Detroit Institute of Arts, General Motors, Boll Family YMCA, Bedrock and many more. Most recently she led the Campus Workplace Master Planning efforts for the Ford Motor Company.
Meredith is active in the community through volunteering, engaging with multiple professional societies, and was recently the chair of the Building Enclosure Council of Greater Detroit.
Young Architect Award / Salvatore A. Moschelli, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Architect | Integrated Design Solutions
Sam is an architect with Integrated Design Solutions with a track record of leading some of the largest college and university projects in the firm. His work as a volunteer with Sigma Phi Epsilon across the State of Michigan has helped his chapters earn the highest level chapter awards in the nation. As an over ten-year active member of AIA Detroit, Sam has helped form the Emerging Professionals Committee, lead efforts to enact a change in Michigan Law’s affecting architectural licensure, served as Interim Executive Director of AIA Detroit, and lead chapter sponsorship efforts bringing in an excess of $200,000 over the last five years.
Charles Blessing Award / Robert Piatek, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Principal & Senior Vice President | HKS
Bob is an architect, painter, teacher and community activist. His commitment to neighborhood development and the city of Detroit began in the late 70’s in response to the changes occurring in his Rosedale Park neighborhood by serving as block captain, Board member, vice president of Grandmont/Rosedale Business Association until the early 90’s. Inspired by working with other community volunteers and seeing the results of what can be done when a community comes together to solve problems and build a better neighborhood bob carried this commitment and involvement to each neighborhood he moved to after Rosedale Park. Taking this commitment to a professional level, Bob joined the Urban Priorities Committee of AIA Detroit and the AIA Detroit Board, where he carried the message that it is the responsibility of architects and planners to be directly involved in their city by developing a collaborative working relationship with civic, business, and community leaders. Bob sees this as a lifelong responsibility and commitment.
Associate Member Award / Ann Phillips, Associate AIA, SEED
Designer | Quinn Evans Architects
Ann believes that as a designer, she has an obligation to the public and that all people deserve access to design and architectural services. She is most passionate about people, and about helping them--from clients and colleagues to contractors and community members. Continuing to build a career focused on helping those who compose the communities in which she practices, Ann looks forward to contributing her skills and expertise to a profession that has the power to create social change.
Ann believes that as stewards of the built environment, architects, and designers will occupy a critical space in Detroit’s future. Seeking to fill the leadership gap created by the 2008 recession, Ann was instrumental in bringing the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP) to AIA Detroit, which will begin its inaugural year in September 2017.
Ann has a BFA in Interior Design from Iowa State University. She received her MArch from the University of Oregon, where she also earned a MS in Historic Preservation. Following a year-long fellowship with Challenge Detroit in 2014-2015, Ann joined Quinn Evans Architects’ Detroit office, where she continues to hone her design skills. In addition to Co-Chairing the CKLDP Committee, Ann is an active member of the Emerging Professionals Committee and the Urban Priorities Committee.
Honorary Affiliate Award / Melinda Anderson, Honorary Affiliate AIAD
Creative Director | Detroit Creative Corridor Center
After founding MeMe Design + Events in 2007, Melinda has successfully managed and produced large-scale corporate events, weddings, and social occasions for 20 to 2000, including events for the Detroit Opera House, Detroit Electronic Movement Festival, ESPN, Jay Leno, and Lee Iacocca. Committed to designing and understanding events in a way that few others do, Melinda always goes the extra mile to ensure the success of every event that she produces. She has helped to produced the Design Festival since its inception in 2011.
Born and raised in Detroit, Melinda has a bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Michigan, and has lived and worked abroad in Berlin and Palermo.