Architecture student Jadyn Anderson receives AIAS Advocacy and Impact Award

Master of Architecture student Jadyn Anderson has been named by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) as the Advocacy and Impact Award recipient for 2023.

According to the release, the AIAS honors individuals and groups for their exemplary work in areas such as leadership, collaboration, scholarship and service. The AIAS Honor Awards were developed to publicly recognize outstanding achievements by students, educators, and practitioners who have exhibited an exemplary commitment to the education and development of architecture students.

Anderson’s journey to this recognition has been driven by a profound sense of empathy and a desire to make a difference. Hailing from rural Minnesota, her move to Phoenix, Arizona, marked the beginning of her architectural career and her commitment to addressing societal challenges. Witnessing firsthand the struggles of the unhoused, the addicted, and the marginalized, she was spurred into action.

In her own words, she shares, “I could not stand it. I decided that I had hope and I am motivated to never walk through life blind to others’ struggles, again.”

From her initial involvement in service projects to her leadership roles in organizations like the Design Justice Initiative at ASU and the AIAS National Committee for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Anderson has consistently demonstrated her passion for advocacy and social change. As a member of the UWM SARUP community, Jadyn’s impact continue. She is actively involved in initiatives, such as the UWM chapter of Women in Design, to address local issues and champion the voices of underrepresented groups within the field.

For Jadyn, architecture is not just a career; it’s a means to effect meaningful change in people’s lives. Through thoughtfulness, empathy, and respect, she is reshaping the narrative of her profession and inspiring others to do the same.