HAMPTON, Va. (November 6, 2019) – On Friday, November 8, Hampton University alumna April Drake (‘04) will be recognized with the Virginia Emerging Professional Award at the Visions for Architecture gala for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The event will be held at the Hilton Downtown Richmond where Drake will be granted an award for her tremendous work in the architecture profession, as well as her efforts to advocate for underrepresented voices.
“Many congratulations to Ms. April Drake on the receipt of her prestigious award. She is a champion for the growth of women and minorities in architecture and allied fields. Ms. Drake is truly an accomplished alumna and continues to uphold Hampton University’s Standard of Excellence,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President.
Drake attended Hampton University and graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. She is a Senior Project Architect with HDR in Arlington, VA focusing on complex government facilities. With 15 years of education, government and commercial project experience, Drake leads multidisciplinary teams through all stages of design.
“The Department of Architecture is very proud of April’s contributions to our profession, especially those efforts to increase the participation of African Americans and other minority communities in the practice of architecture. We are happy that her work has been acknowledged by the AIAVA and congratulate her on this outstanding accomplishment,” said Mr. Robert Easter, Chair of the Hampton University Department of Architecture.
In addition to her role with HDR, Drake currently serves on the AIA Northern Virginia Board of Directors and is the past chair of the Women in Architecture (WIA) committee. There she championed her own innovative STEM event for local Girl Scout troops and focused her efforts on introducing school-aged girls to the field of architecture. She has also volunteered with NCARB on a number of task forces developing the new ARE 5.0 Exam.
“I’m incredibly honored to be one of the recipients of the 2019 AIA VA Emerging Professional Award. As one of only 460 licensed African-American Women Architects in the country, I am passionate regarding advocacy for underrepresented voices and committed to building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive profession,” Drake said.
Launched in 2015, the Virginia Emerging Professional Award is intended to recognize the accomplishments of emerging leaders in Virginia for their contributions to the profession in one or more of the following categories: design, research, education, or discourse; service to the profession; mentorship; or service to the community.