ATLANTA, Georgia, May 6, 2022 – SSOE | S&W (www.ssoe.com), an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, is proud to announce that Laura Morton, AIA, Senior Architect, was awarded the 2022 Emerging Professional Award from the Georgia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Georgia). The Emerging Professional Award recognizes an AIA member who has furthered the objectives of the AIA, the architectural profession, and neighboring communities. Winners were revealed at the AIA Georgia Design & Honor Awards, hosted at Ponce City Market’s Rooftop Venue in Atlanta, Georgia.
Morton was honored for her dedication and contributions to the profession at the April 23rd event. Holding multiple AIA leadership roles at the local, regional, and national levels, she is also a founding member of Equity in Architecture—where she advocated and promoted gender equity in the AEC industry—and is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. Morton has passionately advocated for the architectural community through political advocacy by attending AIA Day at the Capitol events where she shared her ideas and official positions on issues directly affecting the profession. She also actively seeks opportunities to engage youths considering a career in architecture and mentor and encourage young architects as they develop within their careers.
“I’ve worked alongside Laura for a decade and have had the honor of watching her continue to flourish in her career. She is most deserving of this award, and I look forward to seeing what other impacts she will make within the profession,” said Ron Stang, AIA, Principal and Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Manager of the firm’s Building Design Group.
Currently serving on the board of AIA Atlanta and as a Young Architects’ Representative for AIA Georgia, Morton’s impressive portfolio of work includes the award-winning Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, Pittsburgh Yards, and multiple downtown Atlanta renovation projects.
The AIA is a professional membership organization serving architects worldwide. Members must be registered architects or associate members working toward registration. Related professions may join as Allied Partners. Currently, there are more than 94,000 members and over 200 chapters. The AIA advocates for the value of architecture and gives architects the resources they need to do their best work, driving positive change through the power of design. To learn more about the AIA Georgia Honors & Awards program, click here.