Congratulations to Paul J. Avazier, AIA, associate principal at Philadelphia’s Atkin Olshin Schade Architects for the honor of being among the 23 recipients of the 2022 AIA Young Architects Award. The AIA Young Architects Award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.
Paul embraces the challenges architecture presents, resolving its complexities with a thoughtful approach that has allowed him to accomplish much in his young career. His engagement with AIA began during his education at Philadelphia’s Drexel University, emerging alongside his desire to give back to his community.
“Paul’s interest in the community of architecture was obvious from his time as a student. As in practice, many architecture students tend to ‘have their heads down,’ quite rightly concentrating on their work,” writes Pennsylvania State Sen. Tim Kearney, AIA. “It is the rare students who become interested in the bigger picture, understanding the interconnected nature of our work as architects. In this, Paul’s drive to provide service to others is exemplary, and he has proven himself to be a selfless participant in this endeavor both as a student and a practitioner.”
After significant contributions to the AIA Philadelphia, he was made its 2020 president, the youngest in the chapter’s history, and he remains one of its most visible and service-minded members. Paul has been active in the AIA Pennsylvania Emerging Professionals Committee championing mentorship in his firm and beyond with the PALM (Promoting Advocacy and Licensure through Mentorship) Program and EPiC Firm Recognition.