AIA Nebraska Excellence in Design Jury Chair:
John Carney, FAIA, Carney Logan Burke Architects

Since founding Carney Logan Burke Architects 25 years ago, John Carney has been committed to expanding the design vocabulary of the mountain west while remaining grounded in tradition and local context. His reinterpretation of vernacular architecture synthesizes modernist and classical principles within a regional aesthetic. Summers spent on his family's ranch on the Upper Green River gave him a respect for the history of the area and its agrarian traditions, both of which inspire and permeate the work of the firm.

After building a successful practice in Denver, John relocated to Teton County, Wyoming, where the firm has completed a wide range of projects from private residences to public buildings such as the Home Ranch Welcome Center, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts Performing Arts Pavilion, and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve in Grand Teton National Park. John has been active in resort design in the Rocky Mountain West for clients such as Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, 3 Creek Ranch, Snow King Resort, Sundance Resort, and the Denver Four Seasons Hotel and Residences.

On the public side, John has served as County Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, and on several boards, always championing design as a core community value. John has also lectured on design and chaired award juries throughout the region. His distinguished career in architecture and public service has given him a platform from which to promote sound design principles within the architectural profession.

AIA Nebraska Excellence in Design Jury

Karen Parent, AIA | Dynia Architects
Karen Parent received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. In 1996 Karen moved to Jackson Hole, inspired by the opportunity to make a positive contribution to its quickly changing built environment. Karen has been a licensed architect since 2002 and a member of the Town of Jackson's Design Review Committee since 2004. In 2007, Karen founded a non-profit organization, the Built Environment Education Project, to provide accessible architecture education and teaches semester long architecture classes at the Jackson Hole Community School. Karen combines her efforts as an architect and a teacher to foster positive change in our collective built environment. An advocate of land conservation, she has also served on the board of directors of the Jackson Hole Land Trust since 2011. Karen is a principal and one of the original members of DYNIA Architects.

Jamie Farmer, AIA | Farmer Payne Architects
Jamie Farmer is a Jackson native. He considered following in his father's footsteps and pursuing a career in construction, but discovered an artistic and creative outlet in architecture. He graduated from Montana State University in 2007 with a master's degree in architecture after discovering a passion for modern design, which led him to return to his hometown and a job at Carney Logan Burke Architects. The firm offered a chance to work on high–end modern homes and to live somewhere with a great quality of life. He started his own firm, Caliber Architecture, in Jackson in 2014 before merging businesses with his former colleague Scott Payne to create Farmer Payne Architects in 2017. Jamie is able to meld his understanding of construction with his love of pushing designs to create homes that are unique, but still buildable. He loves testing what is possible and is always questioning conventional forms, asking why something has to be done a certain way, or why not do it another way instead. Too often people get stuck in ideas that have been done before; Jamie likes to work with clients to push creativity to create something totally new and original. Jamie serves on the Town of Jackson's Planning Commission. He has been named one of Jackson's top architects multiple years in the Best of Jackson Hole contest put on by the newspaper Planet Jackson Hole.


AIA Central States Region Excellence in Design Jury Chair:
Joseph Biondo, FAIA, Spillman Farmer Architects

Clarity, Precision, Resourcefulness: These are the notions evoked through the experience of Joseph Biondo's works. After graduation from Kansas State University, Biondo pursued a career with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects where he worked closely with AIA Gold Medal recipient Peter Bohlin. In 1996, he established Joseph N. Biondo Architects, where he was able to redefine, solidify, and put his personal design philosophy into practice.

In 2003, Biondo joined Spillman Farmer Architects where he has brought design excellence to the forefront. A passionate practitioner of the art and craft of architecture, Biondo is actively involved in advancing the profession, serving as design juror and visiting professor for some of the country's most notable architecture programs. In addition to mentoring young professionals at Spillman Farmer, Biondo has spread his roots into Lafayette College's design program, introducing students to the potential within the field of architecture.

AIA Central States Region Excellence in Design Jury

Jules Dingle, AIA | DIGSAU
Jules is a principal and founding partner at DIGSAU, a Philadelphia design firm with a diverse mix of project types and a broad view architecture, how it is made, and who makes it. Since its inception ten years ago the firm has been recognized with twenty-six design awards from the American Institute of Architects and in 2013 was named one of North America's "Emerging Voices" by the Architectural League of New York. Jules has taught design studios at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design, and has served as a guest critic at numerous design schools and regularly presents the firm's work at universities, conferences, and public lectures. In 2012, he was recognized with The Young Architect Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA for his strong design voice and leadership in a collaborative practice, his role in mentoring the next generation of professionals, and his contributions to local, state, and neighboring chapters of the AIA.

Theresa Thomas, AIA | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Theresa has been involved with a wide variety of projects including corporate offices, residential new construction, renovation and adaptive reuse, educational facilities and campus master planning. Whether working on large scale university master plans or the small scale of a residence, Theresa has helped to develop projects where interior and exterior spaces work seamlessly together. She strives to craft focal points, material palettes and details that resonate with end users. She is committed to holistic design, starting with initial project programming and continuing through development of way-finding and donor signage that is integral to the building’s architecture. Theresa began her professional career as an educator at the University of Houston College of Architecture and remains keenly interested in educating the next generation of architects both in the office and at the university level as a visiting critic.


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