Hampton, Va. – Hampton University alumna R. Denise Everson ’04 has been selected by the American Institute of Architects as the 2016 Associate of the Year based on her promotion of affordable housing. The American Institute of Architects has been a professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and partners since 1857. Every year they select a partner who has upheld the association’s goals and mission.
“This is an outstanding tribute to her work and commitment to the highest principles of the profession” said Robert Easter, chair of the Hampton University Department of Architecture. “In places across the country, our alums are making significant contributions to their communities and we applaud this magnificent achievement.”
Everson currently is a consultant with the Connecticut Green Bank – which provides loans to homeowners so that they may be able to afford energy efficiency improvements. She is also working on engineering the launch of a multi-family energy efficiency demonstration pilot. Everson is a believer in human health and social justice, which stands out in her leadership. She works endlessly to change the public’s perception of architects, their roles in society and is a continuous advocate for affordable housing.