This year’s recipient of LTU’s Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award is Damon Leverett, BSAr’83, MFA, AIA, LEED AP, the managing director of Diversity and Emerging Professionals Engagement for the national office of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington, D.C.
The award was presented during Homecoming Week by the Architecture and Design Cabinet of the LTU Alumni Association.
Leverett is responsible for strategic development, implementation, and monitoring initiatives designed to support AIA’s diversity and inclusiveness, emerging professionals programming and academic engagement. The emerging professionals team focuses on the concerns of students, interns, and recently licensed architects, and works with the National Associates Committee, Young Architects Forum, and the American Institute of Architecture Students.
The AIA’s Diversity and Inclusion division focuses on multiculturalism, K-12 education, and women in architecture. The Academic Engagement team seeks to create a venue for collaboration between the academy and practitioners.
Leverett was as adjunct instructor at LTU’s College of Architecture and Design from 1990 to 2001. He is a former chairman of LTU’s Advisory Council on Architecture.
He received a master’s degree in computer arts and new media from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has been involved in teaching at five other universities, and has written or presented extensively on architecture, urbanism, and computer visualization.
Leverett previously worked with Albert Kahn Associates in Detroit, SmithGroupJJR in Phoenix, and EYP in Washington, D.C. He is a licensed architect in Arizona and Michigan and has been an AIA member since 1986.