January 1, 2017

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Boston, MA – January 1, 2017 – In celebration of the organization’s 60th anniversary, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is excited to announce the finalists of the AIAS Imagine: Top 60-at-60. This new honor showcases the top 60 AIAS members and culminates in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage with Walt Disney Imagineers on May 19-21, 2017 in Orlando, Fla.

Students and alumni from across the world have been selected to participate in the 3-day opportunity. Winners were determined by a team of seven jurors, including AIAS President Sarah Wahlgren, AIAS Vice President Rachel Law, AIAS Executive Director Nick Serfass, NCARB Liaison Dennis Ward, AIAS At-Large Member Amelia Rosen, and Steven Grant from the Walt Disney Imagineering team.

The program seeks to identify the top AIAS students in all years of architecture school, including fifth year, graduate students and alumni members.

The winners were announced at the annual AIAS FORUM 2016 conference, which was held in Boston.

  • Ahnaf Chowdhury, Syracuse University
  • Alejandra Meza, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Alexander Gordon, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Alyssa Monroe, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Andrew Kenneth Place, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Brittany Siegert, North Carolina State University
  • Brock Terwilleger, University of Memphis
  • Brook Boughton, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Caitlin Brady, Drexel University
  • Caitlin Chin, Ryerson University
  • Caitlin Kessler, University of Arizona
  • Cameron Yegge, University of Oregon
  • Caroline Barrick, Syracuse University
  • Christoph Eckrich, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Courtney Sturgis, Lawrence Technological University
  • Cydney Douglas , Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Daniella Samira Maamari, Lebanese American University
  • David Bemus, New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury
  • Dominic Armendariz, University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • Eirik Erstad, University of Houston
  • Emily Sanders, Clemson University
  • Erin Fuller, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Harpreet Basi, NewSchool of Architecture & Design
  • Hsu Myat Aung, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Iryna Gulin, Philadelphia University
  • Jacobie Smith, Drexel University
  • Josh Adams, Auburn University
  • Julian Ochoa, University of Colorado – Denver
  • Kayla Quinn, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Kelsey Kauffman, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Kelsey McKenna, Clemson University
  • Kevin Miller, Ball State University
  • Khulood Al Asfoor, Kuwait University
  • Liam Hanlon, California Polytechnic State University
  • Maleick Fleming, Morgan State University
  • Maria Josephine Gunawan, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mariah Allegra Stewart, Tuskegee University
  • Max Dembling, University at Buffalo
  • Michael Powell, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Michelle Blackwell, University of Tennessee
  • Mike Fisher, Ohio State University
  • Molly Kostoff, University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Natalie Hetu, Pennsylvania State University
  • Nicholas Rossitch, North Carolina State University
  • Nick Zhaoyuan Su, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Nurgul Aidarbek, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Rachel Larson, University of Tennessee
  • Richard Howley, Marywood University
  • Robyn Payne, University of Kansas
  • Samantha Marihart, North Dakota State University
  • Sarah Burk, Montana State University
  • Selena Zhen, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Sharon Turek, California Polytechnic State University
  • Siraphob Khuptiphongkun, Syracuse University
  • Stephanie Wagner, Syracuse University
  • Susan Liu, Arizona State University
  • Taraneh Darvis, Arizona State University
  • Theresa Battle, University of Florida
  • Thomas Sterling, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Zain Islam-Hashmi, Carnegie Mellon University


About the AIAS

The American Institute of Architecture Students is a non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to programs, information and resources on issues critical to architecture and the experience of education. For more information, visit www.aias.org or call Natalie Neumann at (202) 808-0173.

About Walt Disney Imagineering

Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide.  Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment.