San Diego architect and UrbDeZine Panel Author Kevin deFreitas has become the first architect to win the triple header of architecture awards: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) local, state, and national Young Architect of the Year awards, according to the San Diego Union Tribune (R.Showley).He won the national award in 2010 and the local award in 2009. Now he has been awarded California’s Young Architect of the Year award.
Kevin, 44, graduated from the University of Arizona and worked for Robert Quigley as an intern in the late 1980s. Thereafter he worked for several architecture firms before striking out on his own in 1999. He received his license in 2003, making him eligible for the award which requires licensure for less than 10 years. Consideration for the award involves an architect’s design skills and talents as well as his contributions to the community. For more info about Kevin’s architecture practice, please visit his profile on UrbDeZine.
According to the Union Tribune interview, he has kept busy during the recession with pro bono design work as well as dedicating copious amounts of time to various community efforts.