February 2019 – Perspectus Architecture is proud to announce that Project Manager Adam Yaracs, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB has been selected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as a recipient of the 2019 Young Architects Award. This prestigious award honors individuals nationwide who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers and within the first 10 years of achieving licensure. Adam will be presented with the Young Architect award on June 6th at the 2019 AIA National Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas and will be featured in February’s issue of Architect Magazine.
“To be selected as a recipient of the AIA National Young Architect Award is an overwhelming honor. Being recognized by the College of Fellows and by your peers as a leader and as someone who has made significant contributions to the profession is humbling,” says Adam.
He continues, “To me, receiving this award reinforces the importance of becoming a multifaceted professional and stresses the value of giving back to the profession. Using the many individuals who have mentored me through the early stages of my career as an example, this award exemplifies my commitment to continue to practice thoughtful, sustainable architecture, lead by example and mentor young professionals and the next generation of leaders.”
Nominated by the AIA Cleveland Chapter, this honor speaks highly of Adam’s continued commitment to the profession and his initiative as a leader within the design community. These qualities are demonstrated through Adam’s involvement in the AIA Cleveland Chapter, as an educator at Kent State University, a mentor to architecture students and young professionals, and within our own team at Perspectus designing outstanding work for our clients.
“This is exciting news. I couldn’t be prouder of the accomplishments Adam has achieved,” says Managing Principal and Perspectus Architecture founder Bill Ayars, AIA, ACHA. “This is a well-earned honor and I’m extremely proud of his success.”
Adam’s career has advanced at a rapid pace since his start as an intern architect. He humbly admits that his experiences working at several respected national and local design firms have greatly influenced his career trajectory. At each of these firms, his creativity, high design intelligence and keen ability to understand the client have made him a highly valued team member. Adam has played a key role on many AIA design award-winning projects including a university social sciences center, a performing arts center and music education building, and most recently, the Gleneagles Golf clubhouse and community center in Twinsburg, Ohio to name a few.
The Gleneagles Golf clubhouse and community center earned the People’s Choice Award in the architecture category at the 2018 AIA Cleveland Design Awards.
Motivated by designing community spaces
Creating spaces that build community is the overarching design philosophy that Adam strives to apply in all his work, regardless of project type. A community can be identified by its people, and the buildings that they work, live, and play in. Responsible architecture that provokes the importance of the human experience will promote a community’s identity and health.
To Adam, thoughtful design that strengthens the community and enhances the quality of life is the responsibility of all architects – and everyone is worthy of it.
“My goal is to introduce and practice good design principles to each project, independent of who the client is, the project type, or the budget.”
Building community through mentorship
Helping to shape his success are the handful of mentors Adam feels fortunate to have in his life and professional career. Those mentors include: Steve Kordalski, AIA, Jack Bialosky Jr., FAIA, Robert Maschke, FAIA, Aaron Hill, AIA, Tim Hawk, FAIA, Jodi van der Wiel, AIA, Larry Fischer, AIA, Bill Ayars, AIA, Dave Robar, AIA, Allan Renzi, AIA, and Charles Belson, AIA.
“I have always been surrounded by strong team members and mentors who have played an enormous role in supporting me and offering career advice,” he says.
He credits his mentors who encouraged him to get involved with the local design community at an early stage of his career and to pursue his desire to teach.
Because of the positive and fruitful relationships he has had with his own mentors, he now chooses to share his knowledge and experiences by educating and mentoring young students at his alma mater, the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He emphasizes that the choice to become a mentor is the one of the most important decisions a design professional can make in his or her career.
“My mentors have supported me through milestones such as graduate school, achieving my architectural license, leading the local design community as AIA Cleveland President, and pursuing career opportunities,” he recalls.
“To be able to navigate these challenges and to find some level of success in your own career, encourages and motivates you to help those who are just beginning to pursue their own journey to become a design professional. Teaching at Kent State University has provided me with a platform to do just that,” where he teaches a First Year Foundations design studio, a Professional Practice Portfolio workshop, participates in the scholarship review committee, and leads as the faculty advisor to the American Institute of Architects Students (AIAS) Kent State Chapter.
A leader in the design community
Adam is heavily involved as a leader in the design community through his involvement with AIA. In 2017, at just 34-years-old, Adam served as the AIA Cleveland Chapter President. As President, he led key communication initiatives like the implementation and expansion of a weekly e-newsletter, increasing the chapter’s social media presence, adding a storefront projection system to the chapter office, and creating a new chapter website.
During his term, the chapter experienced record growth in chapter development and membership. He worked with board members to establish the annual AIA Cleveland Kent State University Scholarship Fund and worked with the University to increase student participation and inclusion within the chapter. In addition, Adam chairs the annual Design Cruise Line networking event and the Cleveland Design Awards where he has continued work to grow the awards program to include over 500 attendees.
Continuing his leadership for AIA Cleveland after his presidency, Adam was elected in 2017 to a two-year term as the Director of Communications.
Because of this unrelenting dedication and service to the architecture community, he has been recognized by AIA Cleveland with several individual awards. Adam was honored with his first Presidential Citation in 2011, the Chapter Activism Award in 2013, and was just honored with a second Presidential Citation at the 2018 AIA Cleveland Design Awards.
The 2019 AIA National Young Architects Award is only the latest addition to his growing collection of achievements.
Only the beginning
If the last 10 years are any indication, Adam shows no signs of slowing down. We at Perspectus Architecture are so proud to see Adam recognized with the AIA Young Architects Award and to have him on our team.
Congratulations, Adam! We can’t wait to see what you do next.