AIA Pennsylvania created the Impact Designer Award this year to recognize the diverse, collaborative practice of impact design and the design professionals who are engaged in it. "Impact designers span a wide range of design disciplines but are tied together by a common goal to design and create a better world through innovative, scalable and measurable solutions," said AIA Pennsylvania. "Impact design is rooted in the core belief that design can be used to create positive social, environmental and economic change, and focuses on actively measuring impact to inform and direct the design process."
Heidi Segall Levy, AIA, Director of Design Services, accepted the award in November on behalf of the Community Design Collaborative. “We are extremely honored to be the first recipient of this award. Thank you for recognizing the impact that design professionals can have," she said. "As an architect, I have been inspired by the thousands of architects and other design professionals who have volunteered their time with the Collaborative to strengthen both communities and the design profession. We are grateful for AIA’s support and we look forward to working with you to continue strengthening neighborhoods through design.”
As an architect, I have been inspired by the thousands of architects and other design professionals who have volunteered their time with the Collaborative to strengthen both communities and the design profession.
The Collaborative is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Beth Miller, Executive Director, praised the support from AIA that enabled the Collaborative to become an early, innovative leader in impact design, "Incubated by AIA Philadelphia in 1991, the Collaborative has leveraged the talents of a generation of design professionals from the architecture, construction and engineering industries. The Collaborative’s work focuses on specific sites, but our impact goes much farther. We lay the groundwork for the kinds of buildings and civic spaces that foster neighborhood vitality and build community.”
We lay the groundwork for the kinds of buildings and civic spaces that foster neighborhood vitality and build community.”